Want to know where to go for the best Chicago-area fireworks? We size up the area’s explosions.
Glen Ellyn’s Fourth of July Fireworks
This western suburb traces its pyrotechnic display all the way back to 1889. Today, fireworks are accompanied by cardboard-boat races and BBQ prepared by local firefighters. Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Rd, Glen Ellyn (630-858-2462). Wed 4 at dusk; free.
Budget about $20,000
Itasca’s Fantastic Fireworks
Hamilton Lakes in Itasca hosts what may be the ’burbs’ largest fireworks show. Pay for it in the form of $20 parking. Hamilton Lakes Office Campus, Park Blvd at Thorndale Ave, Itasca (630-773-0835). Wed 4 at 9:30pm; free.
Budget about $25,000
Rockford Fourth of July
For more than 30 minutes, 4,218 fireworks shells explode to synchronized music. Davis Park, 320 S Wyman St, Rockford. Wed 4 at 9:30pm; $6.
Budget about $60,000
Naperville Ribfest Fireworks
Head down to this 25-minute pyrotechnic display early to avoid being locked out when the park reaches capacity, as it’s done in the last few years. Knoch Park, 724 S West St, Naperville. Tue 3 at 9:30pm; $15, advance $10.
Budget about $63,000