The long-awaited 4th of July weekend is right around the corner and to celebrate Chicago’s hospitality industry rolling out the red, white, and blue carpet. Check out our roundup of the best 4th of July restaurant specials and local hotel accommodations in Chicago for the big holiday weekend.


BLVD Steakhouse

The popular West Loop steakhouse is offering a chef-driven Grilling Kit to make your 4th of July spectacular. The Grilling Kit includes: your choice of two Prime Steaks, either Bone-In Ribeye, Filet Mignon or NY Strip; 50/50 Mashed Potatoes; Asparagus, Bone Marrow Butter and BLVD Steak Salt. All kits will include grilling instructions from Executive Chef Johnny Besch! Order via TOCK for pick-up July 1-3 here: 

El Che Meat & Provisions

El Che Steakhouse & Bar’s retail marketplace is offering everything needed for a successful BBQ with take-home grilling kits. The Weekender Kit ($57) includes a 4 pack short ribs, 2 morcilla links, 2 chorizo links, 4-pack BabyGold Beer—part of his partnership at iconic Berwyn establishment Fitzgeralds—plus 4 oz each of housemade Chimichurri, Chimichurri Rojo, Salsa Criolla. In addition, recreate Chef/Owner John Manion’s iconic meat platter at your home grill with the Parrillada Platter for four ($109): a 12 oz Picanha, 4 short ribs, 2 morcilla links, 2 chorizo links, sweetbreads, 2 marrow bones, bread and Chimichurri, Rojo Chimichurri and Salsa Criolla. Finally, the Beat the Heat Wine Box ($45) offers three South American bottles that are best served chilled. 

El Che Steakhouse & Bar

Chef/Owner John Manion’s Argentine steakhouse recently evolved its wine program to feature an exclusively South American list—one of the only places in the US to commit to serving only South American wines. Pais is a crushable summer red wine that was the first grape brought from the old world in the mid 16th Century. Pairing perfectly for the 4th of July weekend, and beverage director Alex Cuper is offering a variety available by-the-glass June 29 through July 3. Examples of the Pais wines on special include: J. Bouchon ‘Viejo’, 2019 Maule Valley ($12/glass); Cacique Maravilla Pipeno, 2019 Bio Bio ($13/glass); Vinateros Bravos ‘Volcanico’, 2020 Itata Valley ($14/glass); and Roberto Henriquez ‘Rivera del Norto’, 2018 Itata Valley ($14/glass).


There’s no better inland destination to celebrate this 4th of July weekend in Chicago than at Recess—enjoy live music from DJs on Friday 7/2 and Saturday 7/3 night indoors, or start your day early on one of the 500+ seats on the expanded patio. To commemorate the holiday weekend, Recess is also hosting a special Photo Contest on their Instagrammable patio. To enter, strike a pose in your best red, white & blue outfit in front of the new street art and murals gracing the patio, such as this patriotic eagle. Tag @chicagoinrecess, for your chance to win Recess swag, Bluetooth speakers and gift cards.

The Smith

In the heart of River North, diners can sip on frozen cocktails such as the French 75 Slushie and more on their expansive patio before walking over to watch. After cocktails, indulge in The Smith’s signature skillet roasted Mac & Cheese, Spicy Salmon Tartare, Veggie Royale Burger, and more. Diners can also enjoy The Smith’s “Weekend Sunset” menu featuring $3 oysters, Little Gem Caesar Salad, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, and more.  


Sheraton Grand

What better way to spend the 4th of July than watching the fireworks from a riverfront hotel? Offering one-of-a-kind views of the show over the holiday weekend, the recently reopened Sheraton Grand is the perfect place to stay when visiting the city or planning a holiday staycation. A blend of refined comfort and stylishly appointed accommodations, the hotel offers striking views of the lake, river and Chicago skyline. With a location steps away from Millennium Park and Navy Pier, you can enjoy the show in person or watch the fireworks with family and friends from one of the lake view suites. 

The Blackstone 

Long dubbed “The Hotel of Presidents,” experience a place where past meets present this 4th of July. Dating back to 1910, The Blackstone hotel’s iconic past contains stories of things that happened in smoke-filled rooms and windowless barbershops. Live the legacy first hand by staying in the Suite of Presidents, where Harry Truman delighted staff with a private piano performance of the “Missouri Waltz;” President Eisenhower watched his 1952 nomination; and President Kennedy enjoyed Boston clam chowder when he received word he had to return to the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis. 

Hotels of Oak Brook 

Escape the city over the holiday weekend and celebrate the 4th of July in Oak Brook. A serene suburb setting just beyond city limits, the Hotels of Oak Brook offer a great alternative to downtown Chicago. Just 15 miles west of the city, Oak Brook is home to six outdoor parks, one of the Midwest’s hottest shopping destinations Oak Brook Center and seven hotel options for all budgets. While visiting, experience the largest exhibition of original Frida Kahlo works in the Chicagoland area in over 40 years or Human+Nature Exhibit at Morton Arboretum. 

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