Forget the televised Independence Day extravaganzas, from Navy Pier to
Comiskey The Cell, Chicago has several prime places to catch the real deal when it comes to fireworks on the Fourth of July.
Although smaller neighborhood displays like those at Winnemac Park and Promontory Point are no more, the city's best display remains the annual showcase at Navy Pier (Chicago magazine has a handy guide to alternative viewing spots for the show).
For all the 2013 Independence Day fireworks action, we've rounded up some of the best spots around the Windy City and the Chicagoland area, some of which kick off on July 3:
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As fireworks are illegal in the city limits, the Chicago Police has an obligatory fireworks safety guide and "no fireworks" reminder. Anyone caught with illegal fireworks in Chicago faces a fine of $200 to $500 or felony charges.
Those with rooftop access and a box of matches: consider yourself warned.
Check out additional Fourth of July safety tips below:
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