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8 Best Places to Watch the Navy Pier Fireworks that aren’t at the Navy Pier

While watching the Fourth of July fireworks at the Navy Pier is the best way to view the show up-close, there are many other ways to see this iconic firework show. Don’t jeopardize your views this Fourth of July and use our guide for the best places to watch the Navy Pier fireworks.

Cindy’s Rooftop Restaurant

12 S. Michigan Ave.

Take in the views from up top at Cindy’s Rooftop restaurant. Sip on their crafty “elixirs” or “potions” and enjoy the colorful fireworks from the luxury of their outdoor rooftop terrace.

The Signature Room at the 95th

John Hancock Center

Escape the crowds and head to new heights at the Signature Room at the John Hancock Center. The restaurant and bar offer some of the greatest views in the city. With a much more mellow atmosphere, sit back order some food, sip on a fancy cocktail and enjoy the show.

Fullerton Beach

2400 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Avoid the crowds at North Avenue Beach and watch the Navy Pier fireworks from Fullerton Beach in Lincoln Park. Grab some chairs and blankets and claim your spot on a nice quiet section of green space near the Theater on the lake that will undoubtedly give you great views of the fireworks.

Adler Planetarium

1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.

Located south of the Navy Pier, near the Shedd Aquarium, is the Adler Planetarium. The grounds offer several green spaces and a concrete break wall to hang out at and watch fireworks. Because of its location at the very edge of the museum campus, the planetarium offers unobstructed views of the lake and the downtown skyline.

Fireworks Cruise

474 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Hop aboard Shoreline Sightseeing cruises and enjoy the best seats in the city for Fourth of July fireworks. Choose between their Architecture River cruise or their Classic Lake tours, both ending the evening with views of the Navy Pier fireworks.

DuSable Harbor

111 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Even if you don’t know someone with a boat, DuSable Harbor is a great spot to view the Navy Pier fireworks. Hang out along Lakefront Trail just outside the harbor for excellent views that can’t be beat.

The Penthouse at Grand Plaza

540 N. State St.

Stay in the comfort of your own room and choose from one of our luxurious penthouses for some of the best views in town! Penthouses 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7 will provide you a beautiful view up above the city to enjoy the firework show.

Penthouses are filling up fast so book now and start enjoying your stay in Chicago during Fourth of July.


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