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Chicago's chefs tell us how to pack our picnic baskets

Written by
Elizabeth Atkinson

Whether you're looking to wine it up in the great outdoors this summer or just want a quiet picnic in the park, some of Chicago's best chefs told us how to pack a picnic basket to impress.

"Stop at Publican Quality Meats for for great baguettes and hearty boules. And I always turn to the tinned seafood from Spain and Portugal at Wixter Market (2110 W Division St)." — Matthias Merges, Yusho

"The BBQ pork buns from Chiu Quon Bakery are my all-time crowd-pleasing favorites. Beyond being insanely tasty, they are compact and neat, easy to transport and super inexpensive." — Matt Sliwinski, The Promontory

"I'm a sucker for homemade fried chicken (make your own if you're game, or get your favorite takeout). Pair it with potato buns pickles, black pepper and mayonnaise (Kewpie, please) to make perfect sandwiches; or tortillas, guacamole, salsa and shredded cabbage make craveworthy fried chicken tacos perfect for a picnic." — Stephen Gillanders, Intro Chicago

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