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A float in the 4th of July parade in northwest suburban Arlington Heights. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Area Shows Its Patriotic Spirit For 4th Of July

A sunny morning made the perfect start for the July 4th weekend; and an ideal day for parades, picnics, and barbecues before the night’s fireworks.

07/04/2014

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Best Ideas For Fourth of July In Chicago

Need ideas for July 4th weekend with your family? We have the ultimate guide for your holiday weekend.

07/01/2014

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Fourth Of July Travel: What To Expect And How To Prepare

With 41 million Americans expected to travel this year, highways and airports will be packed with travelers looking to take advantage of the 3-day weekend.

06/30/2014

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Best Fourth Of July Parties In Chicago

Backyard, deck and patio grills will be smokin’ along will these Chicago spots for pre- and post-fireworks celebrations around the city on Independence Day, 2014.

06/26/2014

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Ask A Chicago Expert: Fourth Of July Cocktail Recipes

Make your Fourth of July celebrations stand out with these unique cocktails designed by local mixologists and bartenders.

06/19/2014

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Your Ultimate Fourth Of July Party Guide

This CBS Local Ultimate Fourth Of July Party Guide will have you prepared for the best Independence Day since 1776.

06/12/2014

Quejuan Henley, 18, is charged with robbery for allegedly stealing a woman's cell phone in a pedestrian tunnel under Lake Shore Drive on July 4, 2013. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Cop’s Brother Chased Robber Because ‘I Was Just Sick Of It’

Gary Dailey, a former track athlete and marathoner, ran after a man who stole a woman’s cell phone in the pedestrian tunnel under Lake Shore Drive near Division Street on July 4th.

07/08/2013

Seven-year-old Christian Lyles (left) and 5-year-old Jaden Donald were critically wounded in separate shootings on July 4 and 5, respectively. Both were out with their family at city parks to celebrate the holiday. (Photos supplied to CBS)

Two Boys, 5 And 7, Among Victims Of Holiday Gun Violence

Dozens of people have been shot this long holiday weekend, including two boys who were just trying to enjoy family parties for the 4th of July.

07/04/2013

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Pols Get Early Jump On 2014 Campaign At July 4th Celebrations

There was more to this 4th of July than celebrating the country’s independence. For candidates looking ahead to the governor’s race next year, it also was a chance to get out and meet voters.

07/04/2013

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2013 Chicago Area July 4th Fireworks Shows

Are you looking for a place to watch fireworks in the Chicago area?

06/18/2013

4th of July food

4th Of July Party Essentials

Creating a memorable family gathering for the Fourth doesn’t have to be fussy or complicated. Here’s how to set a sizzling table, serve a crowd-pleasing meal, and keep everyone entertained with minimal effort or hassle.

06/17/2013

Star Spangled Table

Make Your Own Patriotic Gear For July 4th

Have some fun with a DIY Fourth of July!

06/17/2013

Dog Prints

UPDATE: Police Say Dead Dog In Oven Is Domestic-Related Incident

An Arlington Heights family returned home from a two-day vacation on the 4th of July to find their home burglarized and their dog lying dead in the oven — a gruesome act police now say was domestic-related.

CBS Chicago–07/13/2012

Storm Damage

412 Still Without Power After Sunday Storms, But Many Taking It All In Stride

Though they were without power for days, neighbors in one hard-hit part of West Chicago have high praise for ComEd crews who’ve been working around the clock.

CBS Chicago–07/05/2012

Mob Attack

Sources: 28 Arrested In Series Of Overnight Mob Attacks

Sources say at least 28 people were arrested overnight for a series of violent attacks across the city, including 11 arrested for beating a man leaving the July 4th fireworks at Navy Pier.

CBS Chicago–07/05/2012

78th Street Shooting

5 Dead, 21 Wounded On 4th Of July, Morning Afterward

Gunfire has taken another deadly toll on the city, leaving at least three people dead and 13 more wounded in shootings on the 4th of July alone.

CBS Chicago–07/05/2012

Ron Raidy, wearing a Confederate Army uniform, marches with a group of Civil War re-enactors at the Hinsdale 4th of July parade, a year after he collapsed from a heart attack while marching in the same parade. (Credit: CBS)

Heart Attack Victim Marches In July 4th Parade Again, A Year After Collapsing

The 4th of July isn’t just any holiday for a man named Ron Raidy. It’s anniversary of the day he died and was brought back to life.

CBS Chicago–07/04/2012

Lake Michigan Fireworks

Fireworks, Heat Can Lead To Stressful Day For Pets

With record-high temperatures expected throughout the area Wednesday, as well as the usual displays — official and improvised — of fireworks to celebrate Independence Day, this could be a doubly stressful day for pets.

07/04/2012

An honor guard carries the U.S. flag in the Independence Day parade in Hoffman Estates on July 4, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Show Goes On For 4th Of July, Despite The Heat

Wednesday’s heat and humidity didn’t stop the 4th of July parade in Hoffman Estates, where four towns were coming together to celebrate the nation’s birthday.

CBS Chicago–07/04/2012

Expressway Traffic

AAA: 2.4 Million Illinois Residents To Travel For July 4th

This year, 2.4 million people in Illinois will take to the road for the Independence Day holiday, and most are already gone.

CBS Chicago–07/03/2012

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