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Weekly Planner: Fourth of July Edition

Fourth of July Party at Castaways

When it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July in Chicago, there’s no setting more appropriate than a beachside bar. Especially when said bar has red, white and blue cocktails. In honor of the holiday, Castaways at North Avenue Beach is hosting a weekend-long party with live entertainment from DJ Jem on July 1, July 2 and again on Tuesday, July 4. On Monday, July 3, Castaways will feature happy hour specials from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., including $6 Smirnoff or Absolut Lime Vodka. Additionally, the duration of the weekend and holiday, Castaways will be serving a special “Stars & Stripes” frozen cocktail. The colorful creation is a mix of Castaways’ Miami Rice and blue curacao. 



Late-night Wok Window at Imperial Lamian

Since summer is hight time for bar-hopping, clubbing and general late-night antics, Imperial Lamian picked an apt time to unveil a late-night window. Especially considering its River North location, utterly surrounded by bars, the restaurant is well-positioned to satisfy the masses with its new “Wok Up Window.” Located on the Hubbard Street side of the building, the window is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 10:00 p.m. until midnight, featuring snacks and hearty dishes like pumpkin puffs, mushroom buns, fried wontons, vegetable fried lamian, BBQ pork fried rice and baked char siu buns. 

Happy Hour at A10

If you find yourself in Hyde Park late afternoon/early evening, hankering for a deal, then head to A10 for one of the neighborhood’s premiere happy hours.Running Tuesdays through Fridays from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., happy hour here has plenty to offer, too. This includes $8 draft cocktails, including the perfectly summery daiquiri, plus $6 glasses of wine, $4 craft beers and bar snacks at $10 and under, like mushroom-ramp focaccia, grilled romaine Caesar salad and hand-cut fries. 


Hawaiian Luau at Frontier

For the Fourth of July, Frontier is focusing on a particular facet of Americana patriotism: the Hawaiian luau. Taking place in the restaurant’s all-weather beer garden on Sunday, July 2, at 3:00 p.m., the shindig features vibrant snacks like pineapple chicken, banana leaf smoked pork shoulder and other traditional Hawaiian side dishes. The cost for food is $19 per person, with tiki drinks a la carte. Music and Hawaiian dancers will be providing the entertainment all afternoon. Tickets must be purchased in advance here: http://www.thefrontierchicago.com/events/

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The latest restaurant from Matthias Merges, proprietor of Yusho and Billy Sunday, A10 is a European-inspired restaurant on Hyde Park's bustling 53rd Street corridor. Brunch, lunch, dinner, and drinks comprise...

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Located right off the beach and volleyball nets, this warm-weather watering hole is the perfet place to catch some rays. Housed in a makeshift ship, this beachy locale is all...

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The guys behind Lottie's and the Pony Inn have opened a third location, featuring the down-home cooking of chef/partner Brian Jupiter. The chef highlights Southern American cooking that's updated with...

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Lounging waterside will be the biggest perk at this sexy bar inside the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago.

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