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Fourth of July in Chicago: Beyond downtown

The Green City Market
The Green City Market

If you’re not up for braving the crowds and the heat at the Taste of Chicago or the Navy Pier fireworks display this weekend, venture beyond downtown.

African-Caribbean International Festival of Life
Where: Washington Park, 5500 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago
When: 12-10 p.m. through Monday, July 5, 2010
Cost: $5-$15
312-427-0266 or

This 18th annual celebration features an international food court, vendors selling jewelry, ceramics and arts and crafts, plus a health pavilion and live music.

Movies in the Parks: Apollo 13
Where: Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield Ave.
When: Saturday, July 3, 2010 (movie begins at dusk)
Cost: Free

Bring a picnic and a blanket and join in just one movie night out of dozens, hosted by the Chicago Park District.

Green City Market
Where: Lincoln Park, 1750 N. Clark St., Chicago
When: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 2010 (Every Wednesday and Saturday through October 30.)
Cost: Free
Contact: 773-880-1266 or

Skip the supermarket and get locally farmed and organic fruits and vegetables, meat, cheeses, backed goods, honey and much more. There’s also cooking demos and kids’ activities.


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