4th of July, the time to celebrate freedom an all that the U.S.A stands for but let’s face it, the other reason we are excited about the 4th is taking time off work (some are lucky to get that Friday off) to eat, drink and be merry with family and friends. We’ve picked out a few essentials to help you get through the fourth and for those lucky enough to get the Friday before off, some lunch spots to check out and start your burger mastication.
WHERE TO EAT OUT:
Your invite to your neighbor’s yearly pig roast bbq probably got lost again or you now have time to sit down and enjoy a proper, non-work lunch and can’t stand the over 1hour wait at Au Cheval. Head to David Burke Primehouse for their Thin Burker- a smaller, simpler version of the popular 40 Day Dry-Aged Prime Steak Burker, the meat in the Thin Burker is still dry-aged, giving the burger subtle hints of blue cheese and mushroom flavors.Topped with pickles, onions, American cheese and served with black pepper fries.
FOOD TO PICK UP
Headed to Chosen Few picnic, the beach or a cookout and no time to prepare something? Stop by Pastoral and pick up their Red, White & Blue” cheese and goodies tray which includes a spread of cheese, charcuterie and accompaniments such as tangy chèvre, savory Applewood Smoked cheddar from Carr Valley Cheese, toasty Bay Blue from Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese, garlicky Milano salami, roasted piquillo peppers, dried Mission figs, flatbread, and a fresh baguette.
Good prepared healthy food that does not cost an arm and a leg is hard to find these days and that why LYFE kitchen is truly a life saver. Their meals are good, prices friendly and a health conscious catering menu as well. Note they will have limited hours July 4th so plan or call ahead.
WHAT TO WEAR
Whether you’ll be celebrating on a boat,rooftop or in the burbs/country celebrate with these style inspirations. (Clockwise: LOFT Striped Pleated Skirt dress | Bucketfeet Pineapple Gold | Jin Soon Nail polish in Coquette, Polka White & Cool Blue | FRAME DENIM Le Grand Garcon shorts | Wearehandsome Chameleon One piece )
WHERE TO WATCH FIREWORKS
Watching Fireworks at Navy Pier is a clusterf@ck, lets be honest. If you’re into fireworks but not into the crowd you should definitely plan to watch at these spots if watching it at home is not an option for you.
Cite is a restaurant that doesn’t get much cred but the view from this restaurant which is right around the corner from Navy pier is unreal.
Cindy’s at Chicago Athletic Hotel-our current obsession for many reasons one of them being the view of Chicago that spans north with glimpse of Navy Pier and South to the museum campus. There’s usually a line situation as the night progresses so plan accordingly.
We wish you all a happy and safe 4th of July Weekend!
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