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Where to Watch Fireworks in Chicago on July 4, 2014

More established hotels include W Hotel (644 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-943-9200) or Crowne Plaza (733 W. Madison St., 312-829-5000). The W’s restaurant, Current, invites visitors to enjoy drinks and grill fare from the seventh-floor deck from 7-10 p.m. ($75 adults, $25 children 13-20).

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Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Here lies the hub of all Fourth of July festivities. It will get packed. If...

Take a blanket to one of the many beaches along the lakefront, like Ohio Street Beach (400 N. Lake Shore Dr.), Oak Street Beach (1000 N. Lake Shore Dr.), Montrose Beach (4400 N. Lake Shore Dr.) or Diversey Harbor (2601 N. Cannon Dr.). Get there early, and bike if you can—parking will be hopeless.

Take a blanket to one of the many beaches along the lakefront, like Ohio Street Beach (400 N. Lake Shore Dr.), Oak Street Beach (1000 N. Lake Shore Dr.), Montrose Beach (4400 N. Lake Shore Dr.) or Diversey Harbor (2601 N. Cannon Dr.). Get there early, and bike if you can—parking will be hopeless.

The Adler Planetarium (1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.) has lakefront seating, but BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair). Take advantage of the stretch of lawn for some spectacular views of the twinkling skyline. Go by bike if possible. 

More established hotels include W Hotel (644 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-943-9200) or Crowne Plaza (733 W. Madison St., 312-829-5000). The W’s restaurant, Current, invites visitors to enjoy drinks and grill fare from the seventh-floor deck from 7-10 p.m. ($75 adults, $25 children 13-20).

The Trump Terrace at the Trump International Hotel & Tower (401 N. Wabash Ave., 312-588-8000) is another great place to perch, where you can witness the nighttime display reflecting in the Chicago River. A reservation is recommended.

Enjoy Evanston’s lakefront fireworks display starting at 9:15 p.m. on Clark Street Beach (1811 Sheridan Rd.)

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From Alinea to Xoco, Chicago restaurants are taking July 4 off

Sepia: 123 N. Jefferson St. No lunch July 3; closed July 4-6; no lunch July 7.

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Berkshire Room: 15 E. Ohio St. Kitchen closed July 4; bar will be open.

Boarding House: 720 N. Wells St. Closed July 4.

C Chicago: 60 W. Kinzie St. Closed July 4.

County: 1352 W. Taylor St. Closed July 4.

DMK Burger Bar: 2954 N. Sheffield Ave. Closed July 4.

Fish Bar: 2956 N. Sheffield Ave. Closed July 4.

Found Kitchen & Social House: 1631 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Closed July 4-6.

Henry's Swing Club: 18 W. Hubbard St. Closed July 4.

La Sirena Clandestina: 954 W. Fulton Market. Closed July 4-5; no lunch July 6.

Mott Street: 1401 N. Ashland Ave. Closed July 4-8.

Nightwood: 2119 S. Halsted St. The restaurant will close for good (sniff) on July 11, but is still taking July 4 and 6 off. Sunday, though, brunch will be served.

North Pond: 2610 N. Cannon Drive. Closed July 4.

Presidio: 1749 N. Damen Ave. Closed July 4-5.

Ruxbin: 851 N. Ashland Ave. Closed July 4-5.

Tete Charcuterie: 1114 W. Randolph St. Closed July 5.

Tortoise Club: 350 N. State St. Closed July 3-5.

Unite Urban Grill: 1450 W. Chicago Ave. Closed July 4-6.

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Amtrak plans Union Station makeover

...41.5 million bus transit center is scheduled to open on the south side of Jackson Boulevard just west of Canal next year...

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Élan Dance to perform at outdoor venues

The show will take place at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, 500 W. Jackson Ave. Élan dancers will perform on the lawn near the audience in each location, giving children an up-close view of a variety of dance styles.

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Amtrak plans Union Station makeover

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Spain Steps into the Restaurant Spotlight

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Downtown Chicago apartment deals and finds, 6/26/15

Jeff Jack, a new West Loop apartment tower at 601 W Jackson, has leased all of its studio, convertible and penthouse apartments, and is offering a month’s free rent on select 1- and 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments.

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K2 Apartments, 365 N Halsted in the Fulton River District is offering new renters who lease within 24 hours of their first visit a waiver of the $400 admin fee or discounted parking of $199 (regularly $240) on a 12-month lease.

OneEleven, the new riverfront apartment tower at 111 W Wacker, has several studio apartments slated to become available for July and August occupancy, starting at just under $1,700 a month.

The LEX, 2138 S Indiana, has only a single loft unit available, a 1-bedroom for $1,726. Tower 1-bedrooms start at $1,826 and 2-bedroom, 2-baths at $2,632.

Astoria Tower, 8 E 9th St in the South Loop is almost fully occupied. A 1-bedroom will be available August 2 for $2,118. Two 2-bedrooms are available now starting at $2,968.

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