Originally a railroad yard, Ping Tom Memorial Park is named for the Chinatown resident who was the leading force behind the creation of this community green space. What makes it a perfect picnic destination? Accessible by the Chicago Water Taxi (as well as public transit), the park is a stone's throw from popular dining destinations Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings, Kung Fu Tea and BBQ King House.
Here in Chicago, we don't have many months of favorable weather, which is why we never take a beautiful day for granted. While the city boasts plenty of great restaurants with outdoor seating, there's something wonderfully old school about going on a picnic. The best part? You don't need a reservation—just grab a blanket, pack up some food or order takeout and find your way to one of the most peaceful picnic spots in Chicago. You'll find them hiding in Chicago parks and gardens, outside of cultural landmarks and along the lakefront. The fresh air and city views are on the house!
Note: Not all city parks are currently open. Check ahead before you go and stay safe by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.