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6 Ultra-Sensory Chicago Picnic Spots

Monday, May 21, 2018 8:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

Summer in Chicago calls for as much outdoor time as possible, and picnics under the shade of a tree or beneath the starry sky are THE way to dine come summertime. 

The Blues Brothers instantly became a special piece of cinema and Chicago history from the moment it hit the silver screen in 1980. Even today, it's not unusual to go to a Chicago sporting event and see two men wearing the jet black suits, fedoras, and wayfarer sunglasses combo that made John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd instant icons. Every Halloween, I see at least five sets of Jake and Elwood ringing doorbells and asking for candy.

Chicago boasts a musical legacy that few cities can challenge

This is the Midwest Mecca, where urban blues, gospel and house music were born. 

In a nation of immigrants, few cities reflect our nation's rich melting pot better than Chicago. From Chinatown to Pilsen, and Greektown to Little Italy, immigrants from countries around the world settled into these culturally familiar enclaves back in the 19th and 20th centuries. They remain just as vibrant today, with bustling cafes, restaurants, museums, public art and more. 

Chicago's standing as a significant 20th and 21st century art influencer can't be denied. And the world knows it.

This spring, the city is hosting a series of major exhibitions that call attention to Chicago-born and Chicago-connected artists whose work has fundamentally impacted the contemporary art scene: Nina Chanel Abney (February 10-May 6) and Keith Haring (March 3-September 23), both at the Chicago Cultural Center, and Kenneth Josephson (April 28-December 30), at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

As if a 125th anniversary weren’t monumental enough, a new dinosaur is moving into the Field Museum—a titanosauric one.

Cast of Patagotitan mayorum, the Field’s new specimen is a giant, long-necked herbivore from Argentina, aptly named the Titanosaur.

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