Naval Station Great Lakes
Where: 530 Farragut Ave, Great Lakes
What could possibly be more patriotic than celebrating the Fourth of July at a naval station?! Nothing, literally nothing. The all-day festival includes food and drinks (including all-American, Chicago-style hot dogs), carnival rides, live music, and of course, the main event.
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Kailley Lindman is a contributing writer for Thrillist Chicago, as well as a food blogger and photographer, Swedish pancake aficionado, and recovering vegetarian who's currently averaging one burger a week to make up for lost time. Follow her @KailleysKitchen on Twitter and Instagram.