July 1-4, 724 S. West St., Naperville. Free-$12; 630-779-2702 or ribfest.net Miffed that Chicago scrapped its free fireworks display? Head to Naperville. Not only do you get nearly a half-hour of sky-brightening explosions on the Fourth, but you'll have the opportunity to savor BBQ ribs, pulled pork, BBQ chicken and an array of lip-smacking sauces. The music lineup offers something for everybody: country singer Phil Vassar, blues-rock combo North Mississippi Allstars, adult-contemporary pianist Bruce Hornsby and a trio of '70s rockers -- Grand Funk Railroad, REO Speedwagon and Styx -- headline.
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