The Fourth of July in Chicago: picnics, parades and politics
BY SANDRA GUY Staff Reporter July 4, 2014 6:07PM
Cell phone and flags at the annual Hyde Park 4th of July parade. Friday, July 4, 2014 | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times
Updated: July 5, 2014 2:03AM
A picture-perfect blue sky, a lake breeze and 70-degree weather brought big crowds of sun-starved families to the lakefront and to local parades, as succulent smells of barbeque mixed with politicians intent on getting their messages across in an election year.