With the 4th of July on a Wednesday this year, Chicagoans may not get the chance to travel to spend time with family or check off those annual traditions that are easier to pull off on a weekend.
But that certainly doesn't mean Windy City residents can't celebrate Independence Day (and a day off from work) in style.
We rounded up some of the best bets for mid-week festivities, and definitely recommend loading up on more than one to jam-pack the holiday with a Chicago-centric "staycation."
Did we miss one of your must-see events for the big day? Tell us about it in the comments.