Thalia Hall's gonna need a bigger boat for its double feature of Jurassic Park and Jaws on Fri 7/1.

This long weekend has far more than just Fourth of July festivities in store. Here’s some of what we recommend: 

Fri 7/1: It’s Chicago Fire vs. the San Jose Earthquakes in this evening soccer matchup at Toyota Park (7000 Harlem, Bridgeview). 7 PM

The Chicago Fire take on the San Jose Sharks on Fri 7/1.Credit: Getty Images North America


Fri 7/1:
Close out Shark Week with Thalia Hall’s latest Double Feature Movie Night, Jurassic Jaws (1807 S. Allport). Jurassic Park begins at 7 PM, and Jaws follows up at 9 PM.

Fri 7/1: Beauty Bar (1444 W. Chicago) whips out its nail decals and drink specials for the Erykah Badu Happy Hour, a celebration of the sultry songstress’s tunes. 7 PM

Through 7/3: Celebrate America by consuming as many ribs as possible at the eighth annual Windy City Ribfest (4800 N. Broadway), which will bring in ribbers from Australia to Arkansas, along with local fare like the Chicago BBQ Company. Fri-Sat Noon–10 PM, Sun noon-9 PM

Sat 7/2-Sun 7/3: Mamby on the Beach features Animal Collective, Wild Belle, Chromeo, Chet Faker, and more, all at Oakwood Beach (4100 S. Lake Shore). 1 PM

Mamby on the Beach takes over Oakwood Beach Sat 7/2-Sun 7/3.Credit: Courtesy Mamby on the Beach


Sat 7/2:
Don’t throw away your shot to learn the behind-the-scenes story of the musical Hamilton at this reading of the new book by Andersonville-based author Jeremy Carter, Hamilton: The Revolution, written with the help of Lin-Manuel Miranda himself (5233 N. Clark). 7:30 PM

Through 7/3: This weekend is your final chance to see A Small Oak Tree Runs Red at Congo Square Theater (4434 S. Lake Park), which tells the story of a young woman eight months pregnant who was lynched in 1918 after denouncing the similar murder of her husband. Reader reviewer A.J. Sørensen calls the performances “fearless” and “emotionally bare,” and writes that “based on the standing ovation and conversations heard in the hall, it seems I’m not the only one who left this Congo Square Theater production forever changed.” Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM

Sun 7/3:
 Brandon Wetherbee hosts a special patriotic edition of the comedy podcast You, Me, Them, Everybody at the Hungry Brain (2319 W. Belmont) featuring Esmeralda Leon. 7 PM

There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the Fourth of July in Chicago.Credit: Sun-times media


Mon 7/4:
 This Fourth of July see the rockets’ red glare and the bombs bursting in air at Navy Pier—or elsewhere in the city; we have a list of the best spots to watch the fireworks here. 9:30 PM

For more stuff to do this weekend—and every day—check out our Agenda page.