How to Have an (Actually) Enjoyable Picnic
You can take on those bugs
A picnic always sounds nice--before you start thinking about bugs, crowds and how on earth you’ll stop your wine from getting warm. But don’t worry--we’ve got you. Here are six ways to have a truly idyllic (and delicious) picnic in Chicago.
Up Your Blanket Game
The perfect picnic blanket is not only pretty--it’s practical. Look for blankets that can be wiped off with a damp cloth. (That grass gets messy in the dryer.) Ones that are waterproof always win. And consider portability. Some blankets even come with handles attached, or zip up into easily transportable tote bags.
Bring a Mini Table
It can be hard--actually impossible--to slice your cheese without a hard surface. So consider springing for a table that easily folds up. And if you want to get extra fancy, deck that table with some fresh wildflowers from Flowers For Dreams. It can deliver the blooms right to your picnic spot.
Get the Perfect Picnic Foods
Remember, wine and cheese need no utensils. So hightail it to Pastoral. (Here’s exactly what to get there.) Sandwiches are super portable, and you’ll find great ones at J.P. Graziano Italian Grocery and Sub Shop. And if you’re facing a time crunch for picnic prep, fast-track it and get all your shopping done at the French Market. Its vendors sling pastries, sandwiches, cheeses, wine and deli meats--you could even build a totally raw picnic from RAW.