Bumper Cars on the Chicago River to See Fireworks: Kayaking with Boat Flippers on the 4th

Our day actually started out with attending the ribfest in uptown. Very small festival by the way. If we had known maybe we would have opted out of breaking our necks to find a decent park just to only last there for maybe 20 minutes at most.

We went through security and had to pay a $5 donation.

But there were only 2 venues offering ribs – both advertising that they were the best. One was local and the other venue was from Texas.

We decided to wait in line at both venues separately to sample both dishes.

Not sure why our ribs didn’t come with BBQ sauce slathered on the meat. If we had known we both would have pumped a lot harder to add BBQ sauce to our meal from the pump dispenser.

It was hot and we could barely find a place to sit and eat but luckily we did.

We both agreed my ribs were pretty tasty and we got up and left.

A night of kayaking along the Chicago River was an amazing experience. The water is not the safest but 2 people managed to flip their kayak and themselves into the water….how gross. Getting sick from the water was enough motivation to keep me from flipping over.

It seemed like the entire city wanted to kayak that night, it was extremely busy and at times felt like bumping cars on the lake because people kept running into one another. Everyone is of a different skill level with kayaking in our group: first-timers, experienced and somewhat familiar.

Maybe if we had known this too we would have opted to do something different for the firework celebration.