Fireworks to Fly All Weekend Around Chicagoland

July 01, 2011

There will be less light shows in the sky on the Fourth of July this year, as some cities have trimmed down or cut entirely their firework displays due to the economy, Chicago included.

beautiful fireworks over a lakeThe city will not host a July 3rd or 4th fireworks show this year, and the only place you’ll see a show in Chicago this weekend are two 15-minute explosions over Navy Pier at 9 p.m. on July 2nd and 4th.

But, don’t fret. Chicago Real Estate Forum has compiled a HUGE list of firework displays going on around the suburbs. You can see sparkles in the sky each day of the weekend, if you’d like!

Have a fun — and safe — 4th of July weekend!

Here is the list, divided by date and including time, location and fee, if there is any:

Saturday, July 2

*Arlington Heights: Dusk at Arlington Park, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, but this one will cost you. (847) 385-7500 or arlingtonpark.com.

*Chicago Heights: 9 p.m. at Bloom High School, 101 West 10th Street.

*Grayslake: Dusk at Grayslake’s Family Picnic, Central Park, on Lake Street between Washington and Center Streets.

*Lisle: 9:45 p.m. Friday through Sunday, at Community Park, 1825 Short St.

*Pingree Grove: Dusk near the baseball fields off Wester Boulevard.

Sunday, July 3

*Barrington: Dusk at Barrington High School, 616 W. Main St., Barrington.

*Bensenville: 9:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Redmond Recreational Complex, 735 E. Jefferson.

*Burlington: Dusk at Burlington Park, off South Street and Deutsch Road.

*Crystal Lake: Dusk at Main Beach, Lake Shore Drive. Admission after 3 p.m. is $2 per person; $10 per family.

*Deerfield: 9:15 p.m. at Brickyards Park on Kates and Pfingsten.

*Fox Lake: Dusk on Fox Lake.

*Great Lakes: 9:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, at Ross Field at the Great Lakes Naval Base.

*Hawthorn Woods: Dusk in Hawthorn Woods Community Park, off Old McHenry Road.

*Lake Zurich: 9:15 p.m. in Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road.

*Lisle: 9:45 p.m. Friday through Sunday, at Community Park, 1825 Short St.

*Oak Brook: 9:30 p.m. at the Oak Brook Sports Core and Polo Club, 700 Oak Brook Road.

*Palatine: 9 p.m. at Palatine Community Park, Palatine Road and Northwest Highway.

*Palos Heights: Dusk at Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, 7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive.

*Park Ridge: Dusk at Maine East High School, 2601 Dempster Street.

*Streamwood: 9:15 p.m. at Dolphin Park, 880 S. Park Blvd.

*Wauconda: Dusk at Cook Park, 600 N. Main St.

*Wheaton: Dusk at DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 W. Manchester Road.

*Wilmette: 9:30 p.m. at Gillson Park, 800 Gillson Park Drive.

Monday, July 4

*Aurora: Dusk at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, 1500 W. Sullivan Road.

*Bartlett: 9:30 p.m. at the Bartlett Fourth of July Festival, at Stearns and South Bartlett roads, Bartlett.

*Batavia: 9:30 p.m. at Batavia High School, 1200 W. Wilson Street.

*Bensenville: 9:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Redmond Recreational Complex, 735 E. Jefferson.

*Buffalo Grove: 9:15 p.m. at Buffalo Grove Golf Club, 48 Raupp Blvd..

*Carol Stream: Dusk at Ross Ferraro Town Center, Gary Avenue and Lies Road.

*Downers Grove: 9:30 p.m. at Lemont Road and 75th Street.

*Elk Grove Village: 9 p.m. at Lions Park, Elk Grove Boulevard and Lions Drive.

*Evanston: 9:15 p.m. off Clark Street Beach; can be viewed anywhere along the lakefront.

*Glen Ellyn: Dusk at Lake Ellyn, Linden Street and Lenox Road.

*Glenview: Dusk at the Glenview Park Golf Club, 800 Shermer Rd.

*Great Lakes: 9:30 p.m. at Ross Field at the Great Lakes Naval Base.

*Gurnee: 9:15 p.m. at Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee. This one’s going to cost you. Visit sixflags.com.

*Highland Park: Dusk at Wolters Field, 1080 Park Avenue West.

*Hoffman Estates: 9:30 p.m. at Hoffman Estates Village Hall, 1900 Hassell Road.

*Huntley: Dusk at Huntley Outlet Center, 11800 Factory Shops Blvd.

*Itasca: Dusk at Hamilton Lakes, Thorndale Avenue and Route 53.

*Lake Forest: 9:30 p.m. at Deerpath Park, 400 Hastings Road.

*Libertyville: Dusk at Butler Lake, 820 Lake Street.

*Lincolnshire: Dusk at Spring Lake Park, 49 Oxford Drive.

*Lombard: 9:30 p.m. at Madison Meadow Park, Madison Street and Edgewood Avenue. There is a $3 charge for anyone over age 10.

*Mokena: Dusk at Wolf Road — LaPorte to Granite

*Morton Grove: 9:30 p.m. at Harrer Park, 6250 Dempster St.

*Mount Prospect: Dusk in Melas Park, at Central and Busse Roads.

*Mundelein: 9:30 p.m. over the fairgrounds on Seymour Avenue at Division Street.

*Naperville: 9:30 p.m. at Knoch Park, West Street and Martin Avenue.

*New Lenox: 9:30 p.m. at New Lenox Commons, 1 Veterans Parkway.

*Northbrook: Dusk at the Velodrome, Meadowhill Park, 1475 Maple.

*Oak Forest: Dusk at at 15601 S. Central Avenue.

*Oak Lawn: Dusk at Richards High School, 106th Street and Central Avenue.

*Oakbrook Terrace: 9:30 p.m. at Terrace View Park, Route 83 and 22nd Street.

*Orland Park: 9:30 p.m. at Main Centennial Park, 15600 West Avenue.

*Roselle: Dusk at Lake Park High School West Campus, 500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

*St. Charles: Dusk off Boy Scout Island at Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave.

*Skokie: Dusk at Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton Street.

*Sleepy Hollow: 9 p.m. at Sabatino Park, Winmoor Drive and Willow Lane. $5 donation requested.

*Tinley Park: 9:15 p.m. at McCarthy Park, 16801 S. 80th Avenue.

*Vernon Hills: 9:30 p.m. at Century Park, a half mile north of Milwaukee Road on Lakeview Parkway.

*Warrenville: Dusk at Cerny Park, River Road and Forest View Drive.

*Waukegan: 9:30 p.m. at the harbor in Waukegan.

*Wheeling: 9:15 p.m. at Wheeling Village Hall, 2 Community Blvd.

*Winnetka: 9:15 p.m. at Duke Childs Field, Hubbard and Willow Roads.

*Woodstock: Dusk at Emricson Park, off Route 14.

Did we miss one? Let us know!

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“Fewer” shows, not “less”, please: you can count ’em off one by one, not like water or milk that you have to separate into gallons to count it.

Either way, it’s a shame to cut back on celebrating our national holiday, especially when we are fighting enemies who would like to destroy us and our way of life.

Why are points in the collar counties, especially Will, so often left out of lists? Follow the link for more fireworks.



Park Forest has a good show on the 4th also and has kids activities downtown starting at 4pm. Fireworks can be seen from Central Park on Lakewood Blvd.


Hey Marg…we don’t need a grammar lesson here! Don’t be rude!!

Thanks for the list Tracey! I understand it took a while to compile this list and we all appreciate it.


Thank you, Allie!

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