Start your fun-filled day off with a hearty breakfast. You’ll need the energy to make it to the fireworks tonight! Yolk (355 E. Ohio, 312.822.9655) offers a number of delicious omelets and decadent benedicts. Their un-ordinary French toast plates are perfect for those who like their breakfasts on the sweeter side.
After breakfast, head over to Kayak Chicago (1501 N. Magnolia, 630.336.7245). Their Architecture Tour takes participants along the Chicago River in single or double boats. An educated guide explains the history and significance of the buildings along the route. 10am–1pm. Kayak rentals are also available for those who want to venture off on their own.
With all of that exercise, you’re sure to be hungry again. Head over to Frank ‘N Dawgs (1863 N. Clybourn, 312.281.5187), a diner less than one mile away. Their “Haute Dawgs” are hand crafted artisan sausages and are made in house. They frequently mix up the menu with original hot dog recipes submitted in an ongoing competition.
Nothing says ‘Murica more than consumerism. Keep our economy going by spending the afternoon shopping on the Magnificent Mile. Didn’t pack for the weather? Patagonia (48 E. Walton, 312.640.5934) has got your clothing needs covered. Then venture off and hit up some other favorites. Iwan Ries (19 S. Wabash, 312.372.1306) is a local shop and great for all of your cigar and tobacco needs. Block Thirty Seven, Shops on State (108 N. State, 312.261.4700) is a great place to hit for all of your shopping needs. The four-story mall includes the Disney Store, Eileen Fisher, Zara, Steve Madden and many others.
After a long day of shopping, head to Navy Pier for dinner. Rest tired legs at Billy Goat Tavern (700 E. Grand, 312.670.8789), and chow down on a cheezborger. Adults can relax with a beer while little ones will enjoy the scenery. An outdoor patio lets guests enjoy the weather and get a great view of the lake. Come for dinner and drinks, but stay for the fireworks. Or, take a ride on the Ferris Wheel and see the city from a spectacular new angle. Navy Pier offers an excellent view of the skyline at dusk.
Don’t miss the fireworks! Get a spectacular view from one of Shoreline Sightseeing’s cruises. The 60–minute July 4th Lake Fireworks Cruise covers the entire length of Chicago’s magnificent skyline and offers guests a front-row view of the fireworks. A cash bar is offered and all ages are welcome. $47.50. Boarding begins at 8:15pm. Departs from Gateway Park at Navy Pier, 312.222.9328.