Heron Agency’s Star-Spangled Lineup of Fourth of July Firework Celebrations, Events & Sweet Treats to Beat the Heat

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News: Heron Agency Celebrates the Opening of Offshore
Blog: Top Fourth of July Activities in Chicago
Read: Chicago’s Ever-Changing Theatre Scene with MIRACLE the Musical
Watch: The Jam Visits Raging Waves Waterpark

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Favorite Sweet Treat To Beat the Heat

Noreen: Orange Sherbet
Lianne: Jeni’s Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream
Grace: Dreamsicle

Sarah: Watermelon White Wine Spritzer
Anneliese: Cookies & Cream Paletas
Kathy: Corona & Lime
Megan: Frozen Oreo Bars

Katie: Prosecco Popsicles
Gianna: Limoncello Sorbet
Annie: Ice Cream Sandwiches
Derek: Frose
Marissa: Watermelon Pops
Rachel: Mint Cookie Gelato
Kristina: Frozen Peanut Butter Bites
Abigail: Frozen Strawberry Margarita
Manelle: Strawberry Granita with Sweet Pesto
Olivia: Ice Cream Sundaes
Skyler: Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake

InterContinental Chicago

The iconic InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile is offering a Summer Scavenger Hunt Package for guests of all ages to explore 30 of Chicago’s most popular landmarks and track their self-guided sightseeing progress along the way. The family-friendly package includes an adventure backpack, scratch-off scavenger hunt kit and several other special treats for kids, including a Lincoln the Lion teddy.


Offshore is officially the “World’s Largest Rooftop Bar” as deemed by the Guinness Book of World Records. The stunning, chic 50,000+ sq. ft. all-seasons/all-weather venue offers Chicagoans a full-service luminous bar and world-class kitchen, terraces, seven cozy fire pits, an entertainment and gaming area and multiple large social gathering spaces.

Raging Waves

Family-owned, Raging Waves is Illinois’ largest waterpark located 45 minutes southwest of Chicago in Yorkville, Ill. The award winning waterpark was named “Best of the Midwest” by Midwest Living magazine and USA Today rated it “the top Illinois Summer Destination.” Raging Waves features 26 water slides, a huge wave pool, multiple kiddie areas, private cabanas, and a quarter mile long lazy river.


Pinstripes invites kids in Monday-Friday for Kids Club Bowling this summer, which offers kids the chance to bowl from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for just $3 per hour. Parents can also join in on the fun as they bowl for free and shoe rental during those hours is available for only $3. Pinstripes welcomes children 12 and under to Kids Club Bowling.

VU Rooftop

VU Rooftop Bar, the hot rooftop destination in the city’s South Loop neighborhood at 133 East Cermak, is celebrating rooftop season with Happy Hour Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. Patrons can enjoy $5 bites, $8 glasses of wine and a cocktail of the day.

Ocean Prime

Ocean Prime, Chicago’s hottest seafood and steak restaurant, now offers a new Prime Lunch Menu, featuring three courses made with fresh, seasonal items for $35. Selections, courtesy of Executive Chef Jason Shelley, include entrees ranging from a Blackened Salmon Salad to a Poke Bowl, 6 oz. Filet and more.

Lincoln Common

Lincoln Common has announced an exciting calendar of family-friendly summer programming available to the public through August, including Sunset Outdoor Silent Yoga, Equinox Pop-Up Workouts, an Outdoor Movie Night Series, Second City Training Center Comedy Nights and a plethora of kids’ programming like family yoga, Mr. Dave Music performances and more.

Outside Experience

On July 13 and 14, Outside Magazine is bringing its first active-lifestyle festival to Chicago, with stand-up paddle boarding, climbing, fly-fishing, running, biking, ax throwing, an adventure film festival, craft beverages, live music, and more! Use code HERONGUEST to receive a 25% discount.


ROOF on theWit presents its 5th Annual Cocktail Mix-Off on Thursday, July 11 from 6 – 9 p.m. Tickets for the Summer In Paris themed competition are available in advance online for $35, which includes cocktail samples from 10 participating bars, small bites, DJ, live entertainment by the Champagne All-Stars, the opportunity to win prizes and more.

State and Lake

Uncork and unwind! State and Lake Chicago Tavern offers 1/2 off all bottles of wine for Mondays Uncorked every Monday.

Cambria Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s newest hotel, Cambria Hotel Milwaukee Downtown, is set to officially open this August.  Located within walking distance of the Historic Third Ward, shores of Lake Michigan, Walker’s Point, and the RiverWalk District, the property is the quintessential destination for both residents and visitors alike with premier amenities and meeting space. Book a group meeting at the hotel and receive different perks including bar credits, a complimentary room, Choice Privileges Points and more.

Chicago Marriott Schaumburg

Located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, the newly renovated Chicago Marriott Schaumburg is conveniently located near O’Hare International Airport with easy access to downtown, the shops of Woodfield Mall, LegoLand and more.

Sportsmen's Lodge

Los Angeles’ most historic hotel, Sportsmen’s Lodge, invites guests to celebrate the Fourth of July in style with their new “4X4” Package exclusively for the holiday weekend. The perfect spot to live like an A-lister, guests that book a four-night stay from Wednesday, July 3 – Sunday, July 7 will receive the ultimate star treatment, including four complimentary breakfast meals throughout the duration of their stay and a fun welcome basket for four.

Hotel EMC2

Hotel EMC2 is thrilled to offer an exclusive Exactly Like Nothing Else Package for guests, which includes a one-hour exclusive tour at one of the largest and oldest museums in the city, the Art Institute of Chicago, a $100 dinner credit to the Albert, daily valet parking and more.

Fairmont Chicago

Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park‘s Deluxe Park Totes for Two offers diners-on-the-go a complete meal to enhance their city adventure or day in nearby Millennium Park for $67 through September 2. To keep the fun going all night long, Fairmont Chicago is also offering a new Park Package which includes one night in a guestroom, a deluxe picnic for two, and two tickets to the Grant Park Music Festival, starting at $226.

ROOH Chicago

ROOH Chicago, a progressive Indian kitchen and lounge located in the heart of Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, is now open!

The Ivy Hotel

Featuring 63 guest rooms and suites (approx 675 sq.ft.), the Ivy Hotel is a chic setting designed with comfort and travel needs in mind. Locals and travelers alike are invited to experience the privacy of a luxury residence with services of an upscale hotel. Now open to the public, the Ivy Hotel’s Sky Terrace Rooftop Lounge offers great views of the city.

Lucky Strike Social

Located ideally across the street from the home of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, the recently-opened Lucky Strike Social at Wrigleyville is one of a kind entertainment experience and new destination for Northsiders with time to spare.

Arcade Bar

Replay Lincoln Park, Chicago’s favorite arcade bar has transformed into The Salty Spitoon, the roughest, toughest sailor club ever to be built, in the city of Bikini Bottom for a new SpongeBob SquarePants pop-up through July 14. Guests are invited to hang with all of SpongeBob’s underwater pals with unique art installations, real Krabby Patties and more available throughout the bar.


Staytion Market & Bar is cheering to the summer season by continuing their mixology classes throughout the month of July every Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m. This month’s themed events include Pre-Firework Cocktails, Taste of Chicago Cocktails, Kevin’s Tales of the Cocktail at Nola and Margaritas, Margaritas, Margaritas, which are open to the public for $14.


AIRE Chicago has opened for the 2019 summer season with a bang, debuting a striking 3,800 sq. ft. mural, “Grounded,” 24 stories above the Loop, a rotating artist series, new menu and a collaboration with Maplewood Brewery.

Geja's Cafe

Geja’s Café is inviting wine enthusiasts and cheese lovers alike to help celebrate National Wine and Cheese Day on Thursday, July 25 by offering two glasses of wine selected from their Wines by the Glass list, along with a cheese flight, for $20.


Casati’s is offering kids Pinsa making classes lead by Chef Christian Fantoni. Kids are able to experience food prep in the restaurant by making Pinsa pizza dough, personalizing their individual pizza with toppings, and then of course, enjoying their hardwork by eating the Pinsa with a soft drink. The ticket price is $28 per person (each child must be accompanied by an adult) and the class will be offered on Tuesday, July 23 at 3:30 p.m. to children ages 5-10 and Tuesday, August 13 at 3:30 p.m. for children ages 10-14.


Yolk, voted a “Top 10 Brunch Spot” by Visit Indy, celebrates its fifth year serving Indianapolis locals and visitors, alike in July.  As a thank you to its guests, all three Indianapolis Yolk locations are offering $5 off orders of $30 or more for the entire month of July when they mention the restaurant’s fifth anniversary to their server.

Hilton Chicago Northbrook

Hilton Chicago Northbrook, nestled by a woodland preserve, is conveniently located just 20 minutes from Chicago O’Hare International Airport and 40 minutes to downtown Chicago. Featuring newly renovated meeting and event space, the hotel offers exceptional service and spacious rooms in the heart of Chicagoland’s northern suburbs.

Navy Proof


Led by Executive Chef Chris Garasic, Navy Proof Food & Spirits, located in the Westin Long Beach is poised to be one of Long Beach’s hottest new dining concepts opening in summer 2019.

Arbor Lodging

Arbor Lodging is a hotel investment and management company that is driven by innovation, quality and collaboration. Arbor Lodging delivers an exceptional experience for guests and employees at all price points, from select service to luxury, nationwide.

Women's Funny Festival

Stage 773‘s 8th Annual Chicago Women’s Funny Festival is taking place August 22 through August 25. The event packs over 80 shows, featuring over 400 performers from over 160 groups into four funny-filled days. Applications are welcome to all female-identifying performers for participation.

Paper Source

Paper Source, a Chicago-based premier paperie and gift retailer, has you covered with fun crafts, decorations and everything for your summer loving needs!


Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care is thrilled to announce the launch of their new program, A Cup O’ Kindness. This reoccurring afternoon tea service invites current residents to enjoy a cup of tea while sharing stories with fellow residents and employees. Prospective families who visit Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care to learn more about Caledonia’s range of outstanding services for consideration for their own loved ones are also invited to stay and enjoy the afternoon tea service.


The National Hellenic Museum is launching a new NHM Collections & Archives Portal, which allows anyone to access the Museum’s catalogs online from anywhere by viewing digitized artifacts and archival materials. With the largest collection of its kind in the world, including a rich repository of 20,000+ artifacts, photos, historic newspapers, books and an archive of 450+ recorded oral histories, the NHM serves as a resource at the center of the community’s past, present, and future.

Cambria Chicago Loop

Explore the best of downtown at the Cambria Chicago Loop – Theatre District. Whether traveling for business or vacation, guests are invited to enjoy sleek décor and modern amenities mixed with classic Chicago style, while staying in the same building as the James M Nederlander Theatre and within walking distance to many entertainment venues and shopping destinations.


A musical love letter to the Chicago Cubs, MIRACLE, is officially extending through Labor Day at The Royal George Theatre. Set against the backdrop of the Chicago Cubs 2016 Championship Season, MIRACLE tells the story of a northside Chicago family of generational Cubs fans. The production traces the “Miracle” season through their eyes and experiences as they face ups and downs, anxiety, lose faith and regain faith.


The Marriott Theatre is proud to present the Midwest premiere of Darling Grenadine, with off-beat, whimsical humor and serious themes of denial and loss, running through August 18th. Featuring an eclectic score and stirring book and lyrics by Daniel Zaitchik, the production takes audiences on an emotional journey of highs and lows, where old meets new and romance meets reality.

Chicago Sinfonietta

Single tickets for the Chicago Sinfonietta’s 2019-2020 season, Dialogue, which boasts an engaging, thematically-curated repertoire of pieces written by underrepresented composers, are now on sale! Guests of all ages are invited to join the conversation as the orchestra creates music with a message, including guest artists Kymberli Joye of The Voice, Victor Wooten and others!

First Folio

Ending its 23rd season outdoors, First Folio Theatre presents HENRY V for its classic Shakespeare-under-the-Stars series. Directed by Artistic Associate Hayley Rice, HENRY V focuses on one of England’s most beloved rulers as he fights to save England and prove himself the rightful heir to the French throne. The production will run from July 10 through August 18.