Star-Spangled Events: The Haute 5 Fourth of July Parties in Chicago

I don’t know what the Fourth means to you, but to me it brings up four images: good old American grub (and let’s not forget the beers), music, outdoors and fireworks. Here are some sweet options to give you a little bit of all of those rolled into one great America celebration. So raise those flags and put one back in honor of Independence Day!

Passion Pit @ the Taste of Chicago

Although the thought of braving the crowds and humidity is a little unnerving, if you are feeling adventurous (or hungry), Passion Pit playing makes the Taste seem a little less touristy and a little more rock and roll. But don’t say we didn’t warn you, this is not for the faint of heart.

Concert begins @ 12 pm

Petrillo Music Shell at the Taste of Chicago, Jackson & Columbus Dr. Event Info.

Carrie Underwood, Silversun Pickups & Danny Gokey at Milwaukee’s Summerfest

There’s nothing better than live music on the water, so if you’re up for a little road trip, Milwaukee’s Summerfest is one of the best. Only a few hours from the city, spanning 11 days, 11 stages and over 800 bands, it’s one of the best in the Midwest.

200 N. Harbor Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53202. 414.273.2680.

Theater on the Lake

Abigail’s Party presented on the Chicago Park District’s open-air stage is home to the best dramatic, comedic and innovative performances showcased in this one-of-a-kind venue. Unique to the country and the city, Theater on the Lake presents the best of professional Chicago theatre in a world-class summer series that features eight plays in eight weeks.

Show Starts at 6:30 pm, preceding the fireworks.

2401 N. Lake Shore Dr. 312.742.7994. Event Info.

Comedy Sportz Dual Duet

In the mood for some laughs? This interactive two-person improv competition showcases six of the best teams in Chicago battling it out for your love and affection.

3130 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-549-8080. Event Info.

City Lights Cruise

Why watch the fireworks from the shore when you can see them overhead from a luxury yacht? Sail away with some of Chicago’s prettiest people while catching the action from the helicopter deck.

July 3rd, 8 pm

Departing from Navy Pier. 600 E. Grand Ave. 212.822.8880. Official Website.