5 Great Places to Have a Picnic in Chicago, IL

When the weather cooperates, we all love to get outside and explore the world around us. There is nothing more refreshing and soothing to the soul than a picnic in the sun, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Every city in the United States has incredible locations for picnicking. Below are 5 Great Places to Picnic in Chicago.

Ping Tom Memorial Park

One of the more unique parks in the city of Chicago, Ping Tom Memorial is located on the Chicago River and across the street from the entrance to Chicago’s Chinatown. This is a gorgeous park for a picnic, especially if you’re picking up treats from Chinatown first. The park features Chinese-style landscaping, making it an exciting change of view for this Midwestern city.

Washington Park

A large park in South Chicago, with everything you’d want for an afternoon in the sun. Take a stroll along dozens of trails through the park, marvel at the foliage in the Arboretum (a living museum of different trees), and then take a break near the lake and enjoy the views. Washington Park is an oasis in a large city. A picnic in this park is like stepping out of the city without having to travel too far.

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park is a famous Chicago site, and is quite large, with many areas to enjoy. However, it can be crowded in several areas of the park, because it is a tourist attraction, so I suggest stopping at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool. Enjoy a relaxing meal next to the tranquility of the lily pool. Step into the shade of the nearby pavilion or spread a blanket on the large rocks overlooking the water. This is a perfect vista for family picnics or quiet, romantic afternoons.

Jackson Park

Jackson Park is located next to the Museum of Science and Industry in the heart of downtown Chicago. But, it is also a well-sized park, with plenty of space to roam and, more importantly, plenty of options for that perfect picnic spot. Try the Garden of the Phoenix (a Japanese Garden located on the small Wooded Island in the middle of Jackson Park). 57th Street Beach or 63rd Street Beach also make fantastic places to picnic if you’re looking for broad views of the lake, a chance to swim, and a sandy beach picnic.

Humboldt Park

Located just outside downtown Chicago, Humboldt is a picturesque suburban park with its own beach, large lagoons, and winding trails to explore. Grab a blanket and walk to the garden located on the small island of this park for a true, stunning escape from the city.

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