Chicago Fourth of July Events

Chicago is a big place bursting with different cultures and more than two million people, which means there are a lot of Fourth of July celebrations taking place at the beginning of the month. Here are some of the most exciting Chicago Fourth of July events and festivals taking place throughout the city.

The Festival in Mount Prospect will be held from July 1st through the 4th and will include family activities, live music, food and drink vendors, and even a car show! You know where we’ll be that day. Frontier Days is another festival with a carnival and parade and will take place in Arlington Heights.

Chicago Fourth of July

Oak Fest will also hold a car show on Sunday the 2nd at its four-day festival Oak Forest, and the Northwest Fourth-fest will feature a craft fair and daily concerts in addition to the fireworks display. These are just a few fireworks displays taking place around Chicago—there are 10 suburbs doing fireworks and festivals in the area, plus the city of Chicago’s fireworks at Navy Pier on July 4th.

These are just a few of the exciting Fourth of July events you can attend next month, so don’t miss it! The staff at Packey Webb Ford wishes you a great Independence Day.

Best Places for St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

St. Patrick's Day in ChicagoIf you’re anything like us at Packey Webb Ford, you’re probably looking forward to having a pint of green beer or hearing some live Irish music. Fortunately, there are plenty of places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago this year. Here are some ideas to get you started!

  • Traditional Irish Music at the Driehaus Museum   Like any fanatic or traditionalist, you probably already witnessed the river turn green and watched the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Now it’s time to catch some live Irish music. Head to the Driehaus Museum at 6pm on Thursday, March 16th to watch Paddy Homan and the Noble Call perform some traditional tunes.
  • The Tossers at Metro   Follow up the traditional music with something quirky the next day. The Tossers are a punk band raised as Irish Catholics. They bring audiences the best of the punk attitude in the context of traditional Celtic instruments. Come watch this energetic performance at 9pm on Friday, March 17th.
  • Forever Green 42   Before the holiday is over, be sure to partake in one more of Chicago’s traditional St. Patrick’s Day events at the 42nd annual Forever Green celebration. Hear even more Irish music, see traditional dances and wear plenty of green for this festive party at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Downers Grove Named Top Trick-or-Treating City

top trick-or-treating cityThese days, it seems like there’s an award or an ability to be recognized for just about anything, and Downers Grove has a claim to fame that not many cities have—a top trick-or-treating city in the United States. In a recent study based on data collection from community social networking app Nextdoor, it was concluded that out of countless cities in the US, Downers Grove was number seven on the list of best cities to take your kids trick-or-treating.

What criteria went into determining this? Simple: Nextdoor offers an annual Treat Map, which allows neighbors to check in and let the app know whether or not they will be passing out candy for Halloween that year. Nextdoor had the seventh-highest ratio of people passing out candy in comparison to the number of Nextdoor members living in Downers Grove out of the entire United States.

Wondering who was the top trick-or-treating city? The number one spot was taken by Cary, North Carolina, with Boise, Idaho rounding out the top-ten list in tenth place. However, if you’re looking for the best place to trick-or-treat in the whole state of Illinois, there’s only one clear winner, and that’s Downers Grove.

Winter Fun near Downers Grove, Illinois

Winter ActivityHere in Illinois, winter knows what it is doing. This means the season can be long and brutal and might make you feel a little crazy. But, you don’t have to stay indoors for three months. There ‘s plenty of winter fun near Downers Grove so you can get out of the house and enjoy the beauty of the season.

  • Ice Skating. Head to Prince Pond, Whitlock Park, and McCollum Park for ice skating. Look for the green flags to indicate safe skating conditions. Red flags mean the ice is unsafe and closed for skating. Hours are 8:30am through 10:00pm through the end of February.
  • Sledding. There is nothing like sliding down a snowy hill to bring back your childhood memories. Bundle up the whole family and head to Gilbert Park, Obrien Park, Concord Park, or Ebersold Park for some snowy fun.
  • Cross-Country Skiing. If there is at least 4 inches of snow on the ground, anyone is welcome to go cross-country skiing at Downers Grove Golf Course at no charge. The only condition is that you must ski during daylight hours.
  • Snowshoe at Lyman Woods. Rent a pair of snowshoes for $6 at Lyman Woods and enjoy the beauty of a winter forest. There must be at least 4 inches of snow on the ground for the course to be open. You can explore on your own or sign up for a free guided hike.

What is your favorite winter activity near Downers Grove?