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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. 

What makes a great public transit facility, you ask? I'd say it is a well-lit space to wait for the next train, combined with compelling architecture, public art, and easy access for people with physical handicaps.

Such a station now graces the eastern side of the Loop 'L' trains, as the stunning Washington/Wabash Station opened for use by visitors and Chicagoans on August 31, 2017. It’s the first new station in the Loop since 1997, and rave reviews continue to come in from architectural magazines, transit wonks, and a range of other outlets.

If you’ve been to Millennium Park, you’ve probably looked up at the stunning fountains at the northeast corner of Monroe Street and Michigan Avenue. They are, of course, the wonderful Crown Fountain designed and executed by the Catalan artist Jaume Plensa. Since their installation in 2004, millions of people have played in the water that surrounds the fountains in the summer and enjoyed watching a rotating cast of Chicagoans projected on the screens that add a bit of whimsy to these amazing pieces of art.

No one embraces summer like a Chicagoan: sunny days call for as much outdoor time as possible, and picnics are the way to dine. Here are four picnic + park recommendations that promise to make for a memorable summer afternoon in Chicago.

After a long holiday weekend behind us and a short work week finishing up, the weekend is coming up fast. Chicago is full of fun attractions and sightseeing (by boat? yes please!), but summer is also packed with festivals and events to enjoy in the warm weather. To craft a perfect itinerary, work your way through the summer essentials bucket list and see all the weekend happenings below, from the city’s biggest and best food fest (that would be Taste of Chicago of course) to margaritas to top-ranked art. Millennium Park and Navy Pier are hosting an array of fun things to do in Chicago this weekend too, so don't forget to check their always-packed calendars.

Visiting the Windy City this summer? Chicago is a must-visit destination every season of the year, but in the summertime, it truly shines. From our beautiful, Lake Michigan beaches to our playful, imaginative parks, there is something for every adventure-loving family under the sun. Budget-wise moms and dads will be happy to learn that the best things to see and do this summer in Chicago are totally free!

Here are our family's picks for the top seven free things to do this summer in Chicago. 

Chicagoans embrace summer by spending as much time outdoors as humanly possibly. From working out on the beach to dining on a lake or river-side patio, there are so many ways to make it a summer to remember. Here's yet another great outdoors option: Trade an air-conditioned movie theater for an evening under the stars and catch an outdoor movie on a Chicago summer night. Here are three venues that offer free outdoor flicks.

It's no secret that Chicagoans love to eat... and eat well. Named the best restaurant city in America by Condé Nast Traveler, our windy city is a mecca for gourmets, gourmands and everyone who just loves to take a bite into the extraordinary. One of the city's premier foodie events, Chicago Gourmet (September 19–24), is celebrating its 10th birthday in 2017, and several new anniversary events promise to bring star chefs and foodies together in Millennium Park and beyond for a bash like no other. 

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