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Home Run Inn Pizza

Home Run Inn, Chicago’s brings a twist to the Fourth of July weekend with recipes for grilled Home Run Inn frozen pizza.  

Make it a backyard BBQ with family and friends this holiday weekend by sharing 12-inch family-sized classic, ultra thin or signature pizzas, and even let the kids decorate their very own 6-inch personal-sized pizzas.

“Amp up your grilling game and take your favorite frozen pizza to another level,” said Brian Ginger, Executive Chef of Home Run Inn. “Decorate and grill your own Home Run Inn frozen pizza.” 

Start with a classic Home Run Inn cheese pizza and gather your favorite toppings such as grilled vegetables, sliced meats and fresh herbs. Following charcoal or gas grilling instructions, heat your grill to 400 degrees. Sprinkle on your chosen ingredients, grill the pizza with the lid closed for 15 minutes (or until done) and top with herbs and additional cheese as desired before serving.

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  • For the 4th of July, BLVD is offering a special BBQ meal for takeout available Friday-Sunday for $18 per person, including: Baby Back Ribs (1/4 rack), BBQ Beef, Baked Beans, Macaroni Salad & Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuit

  • Available for pre-order on TOCK, and pick-up or delivery through DoorDash, Grubhub and UberEats

  • Grill kits are also available and include raw steaks and asparagus for the grill, creamed potatoes to reheat with dinner, a special finishing salt blend and tips from Chef Johnny Besch.


  • Open for brunch and dinner from 11:00am - 10:00pm 

  • DJs performing all day


  • Open for dine-in and takeout starting at 3:00pm

  • Offering a ribs and coleslaw special for the 4th



  • Patio open for dinner 4:00pm-9:00pm Saturday & Sunday

  • To-go cocktails available & Funken Freezer pops


  • Lincoln Park's newest restaurant, Mundano, is taking advantage of their 70-seat patio across the street from the park and Chef Ross Henke is hosting a neighborhood BBQ on July 4th. 

  • For $20 a plate, guests receive: 1/3rd Slab Ribs or Grilled Summer Squash; Broccoli Salad; Carrot and Red Onion salad with Sunflower Seeds, Mint, Avocado Vinaigrette; Zucchini Corn Bread; BBQ Lamb Baked Beans

  • An al la carte menu will also be available with Potato Salad, Elote, BBQ Shrimp; Watermelon with Tajin, Lime & Cotija, and an American Flag Cake

  • On Sunday, July 5th, Mundano is hosting its first Brunch service from 10am-2pm

  • They are also offering both Grill Kits and Picnic Kits on Tock here: 



  • Located in the West Loop, with a patio for imbibing, bar food and skyline views, and a new menu addition of Frose

  • Hours start at 11 a.m. for brunch 


  • The American brasserie opened up its new sidewalk patio in River North on Clark and Kinzie streets. 

  • Hours are 11:30am-8pm daily. 


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Hornblower Lake and River Cruise Dining Experiences

Following the resumption of Seadog sightseeing tours earlier this month, Hornblower Cruises and Events is restarting its Chicago dining operation from Friday, July 3, offering a selection of dining cruise experiences on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River to coincide with those looking to celebrate Independence Day on the water.

With guest spaces spread over several levels, the company’s fleet of vessels offer decks inside and out, providing plentiful space and fresh air. There is more than enough room on board for everyone to stay safely apart.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer an expanded range of on-water experiences from our Chicago location,” said Hornblower’s Regional Vice President, Dan Russell. “It’s been truly rewarding to welcome our Guests back on board – and what better way to rediscover the Midwest’s largest and most iconic city than from the spacious deck of one of our cruise vessels!"

Lake and River Dining Cruise Experiences Resuming July 3

Dining aboard the company’s fleet of yachts combines cuisine with vistas of Chicago’s skyline. All feature freshly prepared multi-course menus complemented by a selection of wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails. Spread over four decks, Odyssey Lake Michigan offers ever-changing 360-degree views of the lake, the shoreline and the city, whereas the dining experience aboard Odyssey Chicago River transports guests on an up-close exploration of the River and its architecture.

For those looking to set sail this Fourth of July holiday weekend, both Lake and River experiences are offered select weekend dates (Friday through Sunday) alongside the ever-popular weekend Brunch experience. To reflect current requirements, some of the usual elements like dancing and walk-up bar service won’t be permitted, though there will be a DJ playing music for guests to enjoy while at their tables.

Cruise prices start from *$88.26 for lunch, *$108.66 for brunch or $156.26 for dinner. Cruises depart from Navy Pier or just off the Magnificent Mile, next to NBC Tower. For private groups, Hornblower Private Yachts also operates a choice of charter experiences.

Seadog Tours

Restarted several weeks ago, Seadog operates informative sightseeing cruises and speedboat rides from Navy Pier. Available within Pier opening hours of 10am to 8pm, a choice of Lake and River excursions are available each day.

The 30-minute Lakefront Speedboat Tour and Extreme Thrill Ride - an adventure tour on Lake Michigan – is also offered and features entertaining narration presented by an onboard guide. Prices start at: *$27.95 adult, *$21.45 child (Lakefront Tour); *$35.45 adult, *$25.45 child (Extreme Thrill). To enjoy Chicago’s unique architecture and skyline, Seadog experiences include the 75-minute narrated River and Lake Architectural Tour, the only tour that travels from the lakefront, through the locks and along the Chicago River. Prices start at: *$42.95 adult, *$25.95 child.

To provide reassurance in the current pandemic environment, Hornblower has expanded its industry defining SafeCruise by Hornblower program, building on already stringent sanitation processes, to incorporate further health-driven measures to guard against the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Mandatory daily crew member health screening, and wearing of appropriate PPE 
  • Revising boarding and ticketing procedures to allow for social distancing and touchless entry 
  • Requiring guests to wear face masks while cruising, except while sitting at their tables 
  • Adapting all seating and table spacing to allow for a minimum 6-foot distance between guests while they dine
  • Implementing enhanced sanitation and disinfection procedures, with hand sanitizing stations available throughout 
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Krispy Kreme Chicagoland

This Fourth of July, Krispy Kreme is celebrating America’s “indoughpendence” by appealing to the tastes of the nation with all-new patriotic doughnuts. 

Krispy Kreme is offering its new Indoughpendence Day Doughnuts, available beginning today, June 25 for a limited time at Chicagoland Krispy Kreme shops located in Homewood at 17815 South Halsted Street, Evergreen Park at 9150 South Western Avenue, Hillside at 110 South Mannheim Road and Chicago in Block 37 at 108 North State Street.

The collection features four star-spangled treats, which are also available in a limited-edition Patriotic Dozens Box (the perfect addition to any Fourth of July celebration), while supplies last.

  • Patriotic Sprinkles Doughnut is a festive Original Glazed doughnut, dipped in white icing and topped with red, white and blue sprinkles.
  • Strawberry Sparkler Doughnut is an Original Filled Strawberries and Kreme filling, dipped in red icing and topped with star sprinkles.
  • Original Filled Freedom Ring Doughnut is an Original Filled Original Kreme with flag decoration and star sprinkles.
  • Firework Doughnut is an Original Glazed doughnut, dipped in blue icing, hand decorated with red and white icing and topped with blue raspberry flavored popping candy.

“Bring the fun of the fireworks home this year with these patriotic treats,” said Carlos Larcada, President of Chicagoland Restaurants, LLC. “The whole family will go red, white and blue over four festive options this Fourth of July holiday.” 

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Milk Money Brewing

Slated to open this fall in La Grange, Milk Money Brewing Chef Matt Bumba is sharing some of his go-to tips and recipes for summer grilling. See here for a new set of tips/recipes on grilling fruits and summer squash from Bumba. 

Wixter Market

The brand is currently available in more than 30 Chicagoland locations with Foxtrot locations and Pete’s Fresh Market as two of the newest additions. 

Please note the Cooked Shrimp at Wixter Market will be buy three, get one free starting Friday, June 26th while supplies last. 


If you’re not feeling like cooking yourself, Gaijin is offering a Fourth of July special (starting July 4 until it’s gone). Reservations for all day outdoor and indoor dining can be made on Resy.

  • Smoked Pork Shoulder Okonomiyaki - Osaka style - $16
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The Goddess and Grocer

The Goddess and Grocer celebrates America’s birthday with its at-home Goddess Grill Box or Goddess Clucket Bucket. 

The Goddess Grill Box $60 box for two includes an appetizer, summer side or salad, two ready-to-grill entrees, and desserts. Or have it all done and order a Goddess Clucket Bucket $39.95 with eight pieces of fried chicken, two summer sides, chili-infused maple honey and brownies. Both with the option to add extra servings and the Goddess 4th of July Flag Cake. 

The deadline to order for the holiday weekend is Thursday, July 2 at Noon. Delivery starts at $20 and FREE pick up is available all weekend at the Gold Coast and Bucktown locations. 

Links to order: Grill Box: / Bucket: / Flag Cake:

Goddess Grill Box 

Serves Two People - $60 (extra servings available)


  • Spinach and Artichoke Dip with housemade potato chips

Summer Salads & Sides (choose one)

  • Broccoli and Nappa Cabbage Slaw

  • Chili Lime Grilled Corn on the cob

  • Greek Salad with tomato, cucumber, red onion, and feta with a Mediterranean dressing

  • Goddess Potato Salad with egg, pickles, and Mayo 

  • Goddess Kale Salad with roasted tomatoes, pine nuts, parmesan, and white balsamic dressing

  • Garden Goddess Salad with spinach, beets, carrots, avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, and quinoa with Goddess dressing

Marinated Mains for the Grill (choose two - all main come uncooked)

  • Jerked Chicken Thighs with pineapple salsa

  • Korean Style Flank Steak

  • Teriyaki Salmon with sweet chili glaze

  • Balsamic Portobello Stack with corn polenta


  • Goddess Chocolate Chip + Sugar Cookies

Bartender Batched Cocktails - $30 (add-on)

  • Strawberry Vodka Lemonade

  • Rum Punch 

  • Bourbon Smash

  • Classic or Jalapeno Margarita

Extras and Flag Cakes

  • Extra Appetizer (serves 2) - $10

  • Extra Side Choice (serves 2) - $10

  • Extra Salad (serves 2) - $10

  • Extra Meat Per Person - $15

  • Red, White + Blueberry Cupcakes (4) - $16

  • 8” Goddess Rainbow or Flag Cake - $60

  • ‘Merica Cookie Decorating Kit - $35

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Courtesy of The Goddess and Grocer

Hotel Julian

The boutique, lifestyle hotel is celebrating the season with its Sweet Summer promotion, including a 30% discount on all rooms through August 31, 2020. Located within walking distance from the Lakefront Trail, Chicago harbors, Millennium Park, and Maggie Daley Park, Hotel Julian offers convenient accommodations for visitors looking to soak up the sunshine this summer. Just off Hotel Julian’s lobby, a modern steak bar – About Last Knife – offers craft cocktails and outdoor dining.

Hotel Lincoln 

This Lincoln Park hotel is offering Complimentary hotel bikes to explore the neighborhood, including Lincoln Park Zoo, the Lakefront Trail, and beaches. After hitting the trails, guests can partake in a burger and other American fare on The Kennison’s patio, a neighborhood restaurant adjacent to Hotel Lincoln, or take in lake views from the hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar – The J. Parker. 

Godfrey Hotel Chicago 

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, in the city’s River North neighborhood downtown, has a special Fourth of July offer that includes 20% off the hotel’s current room rate, food and beverage service, and spa services, as well as a late check-out time of 1 p.m. The Godfrey Hotel Chicago  accommodations and two food and beverage outlets, I|O Godfrey rooftop and Brunch Room patio. Those interested can book the holiday promotion online via this link

LondonHouse Chicago 

LondonHouse Chicago offers a tri-level rooftop bar with outdoor dining overlooking the city from high above. And the lifestyle hotel offers a range of hotel packages and offers for travel plans this Fourth of July.

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Located at Navy Pier, has re-opened their doors to the public, and is ready to cheers to the 4th 

with the return of their bottomless mimosas, available Saturday and Sunday for $29 per person, for two hours. Reservations are highly recommended, and are available via OpenTable for tables of 8 or less.


Carnivale, serving Latin inspired cuisine from Central America, South America and Mexico, located at 702 W. Fulton Market St., is offering special July 4th Ready-For-The-Grill Meal Kit available for curbside pick-up on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. These meal kits include the guests' choice of Guacamole and Chips or Ropa Vieja for an appetizer, Skirt Steak, Peruvian Chicken and Baby Back Ribs for entrees, and includes Caesar Salad, Corn Bread, Potato Salad, Dulce de Leche Cookie and Rainbow Cookie for salad, sides and dessert. The kit comes ready for guests to grill themselves, but upon request, Carnivale's chefs will grill the main entrees in advance. The July 4th Ready-For-The-Grill meal kit is available to serve four for $135 (includes choice of four total entrees) or six-to-eight (includes choice of six total entrees) for $245 and guests may call Carnivale directly at 312.850.5005 to place their order for curbside pickup.

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