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Fourth of July celebrations and more food and drink events

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Eat some all-American food this Fourth of July.
  • Eat some all-American food this Fourth of July.

You can purchase wine bottles at half price all day today at Foodease. During the afternoon, there will be free chocolate, wine and cheese samples. Sale: 10 AM-8 PM, tastings: 4-7 PM, Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 312-335-3663.

Kama Indian Bistro partners with Louis Glunz Beers, Inc at its “East Meets West” beer dinner tonight. The five-course meal, led by Manmohan Singh, will be complemented by five craft beers. There will be fusion dishes such as such as corn croquets, lamb tacos, and shrimp kama. Make reservations online or by calling 708-352-3300. 7 PM, Kama Indian Bistro, 8 W. Burlington Ave., La Grange, $30.

Tonight Vie Restaurant holds its second annual Homebrew Dinner. The six-course dinner, which begins with hors d'ouevres, will feature the winning homebrew candidates. A sample course, called “Saison” by Harry Bielawski, is compromised of fried squash blossoms, Prairie Fruits Farm ricotta, and juneberry. Call for reservations. Vie, 4471 Lawn Ave, Western Springs, 708-246-2082, $80.


Naperville’s Ribfest features ribs from 16 vendors, including Porky 'N' Beans, Sgt. Oinks, and Desperado's BBQ. Judges will announce the top three winners of the best ribs and best sauce contest. 6/29-7/3, noon-10 PM, Knoch Park, Naperville, $10-$25.

Mity Nice Bar & Grill celebrates its new cocktail menu with a cocktail party today. Cocktails include watermelon margaritas, manhattans, and old fashioneds; appetizers include flatbread and deviled eggs. Reservations are recommended. 5:30-7:30 PM, Mity Nice Bar & Grill, Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 312-335-4745, $15.

Today and tomorrow is the 28th annual World’s Largest Block Party, hosted by Old St. Pat’s Church. Ticket-holders get four free drinks, which will be served by celebrity bartenders including ABC 7’s Ravi Baichwal and WIND-AM’s Amy Jacobson. Featured restaurants include Robinson Ribs, Connie’s Pizza, and Quang Noodles. Tickets can be purchased online. 6/29-6/30, Fri 5:30-10:30 PM, Sat 5:30-10:30 PM, Madison and Des Plaines, general admission $40, two-night pass $75.

The first-ever Chicago Craft Beer Festival is a three-day street fest with separate admission to beer tasting sessions. Featured beers include Revolution Brewing’s Rose Hibiscus Ale and New Belgium’s Abbey Grand Cru. 6/29-7/1, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat 11 AM-10 PM, Sun 11 AM-9 PM, St. Michael in Old Town, 1633 Cleveland, general admission $5, tasting ticket $35-$50.

As a part of Sauza Tequila’s Regional Rescue Tour, firemen will make margaritas at Public House and Cantina Laredo today. There will be margarita deals and coupons, and complimentary Mexican food will be served. 2-4 PM at Public House, 400 N. State, 4-6 PM at Cantina Laredo, 508 N. State


At the 39th annual Glenview Summer Festival, participants can dine at local restaurants and shop from the vendors that align the street. 8 AM-4 PM, Glenview Rd, Glenview, 847-724-0900, free.


Cole’s Bar screens the comedy “Meatballs” as part of its film series, Cinema Minema. 8 PM, Cole’s Bar, 2338 N. Milwaukee, 773- 276-5802 free.


At the International Festival of Life, attendees can try food from vendors, listen to live reggae, rock, and other world music, and participate in arts and crafts. Tickets can be purchased online. 6/4-6/8, Wed noon-10 PM, Thu-Fri 3-10 PM, Sat-Sun noon-10 PM, Washington Park, 55th St. and S. Cottage Grove, 312-427-0266, $5 children/seniors, $10 adults, $15 after 5 PM.

Today’s Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks features singer Kenny Loggins, food supplied by Lovell’s of Lake Forest, and, of course, fireworks. A VIP menu includes spinach salad with pecans and blue cheese and a Memphis-style pork shoulder with apple cider barbecue sauce. 6-10 PM, Deerpath Community Park, Lake Forest, 773-584-6642, resident $10, nonresident $15, adult VIP pass $75, child VIP pass $25.

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