Things to do for July 02, 2014

The Weekender

We Pledge Allegiance to the Weekend

Life, liberty and the pursuit of weekend.

Wednesday
Honey Butter Is Packing Your Picnic
BASKET CASE

Honey Butter Is Packing Your Picnic

Fireworks to watch. Flags to salute. Sunscreen to slather. Hey, you’re busy. Think about outsourcing the picnic to Honey Butter Fried Chicken. Today’s your last day to order fried-chicken baskets with corn muffins, slaw, pasta and chocolate-toffee cookies for the Fourth. It feeds four people. Or one really hungry person.

Until Uber Has Hot-Air Balloons...
HOT AIR

Until Uber Has Hot-Air Balloons...

If you’ve learned one thing from the movie Up, it’s that with enough balloons, anything is possible. What you’ll learn from Lisle’s annual hot-air balloon fest: with enough hot-air balloons, all-day carnivals, tethered balloon rides and champagne tents are possible. Truly, a better life lesson.

Jul 2-6, $7, Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St, Lisle, 630-541-6095, more info here

Friday
Beer, Popsicles and a Lot of Ribs
YARD LUCK

Beer, Popsicles and a Lot of Ribs

Sportsman’s Club, that upscale dive on Western Avenue, will be alive with the aromas of St. Louis–style barbecue this weekend. Additionally, they’ll have popsicles, ice-cold cans of beer and lawn games in the backyard. Because if you’re not cornholing, you’re not truly free.

A Beach Party Minus the Beach
FIGURE OF BEACH

A Beach Party Minus the Beach

Choice 1: Spend the Fourth at Oak Street or North Avenue getting sand in places you didn’t know you had. Choice 2: Go to a sandless party with tiki drinks, ping-pong, a $10 pig roast and a liberal attitude toward bikinis as dinner attire. Well, that was easy.

Saturday
Happy Cherry-Pit-Spitting Season
RED, WHITE AND EW

Happy Cherry-Pit-Spitting Season

Congratulations, Belgium. Sincerely. You’re better at soccer than we are. Great. But if you really want to have a go at us, try cherry-pit-spitting, a regal contest of virtue, strength and stained chins. In fact, there’s a pit-spitting contest in Michigan this weekend. Gauntlet: thrown.

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