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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. 

In the 1890s, L. Frank Baum, a reporter for the Chicago Evening Post, dreamed up a fantastical story that we all know and love today, The Wizard of Oz. Though the name Oz came from his file cabinet labeled "O–Z," scholars believe that the mystical land was inspired by the glimmering "White City" of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. This spring, two new Wizard of Oz theatrical productions invite families to rediscover Baum's beloved characters. Afterwards, head to the charming, Oz-inspired play park, where kids can set off on the yellow brick road in search of their own adventures!

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