Looking to spread out a little? There's plenty of room among the lush grounds of the 65-acre South Shore Cultural Center, a former country club-turned-park anchored by its historic (and very beautiful) Mediterranean Revival-style clubhouse. For a fanciful meal, set up your blanket near the manicured formal gardens, and don't forget to take in stunning views of the lake on a walk through the Center's nature sanctuary after you've finished eating.
Memorial Day weekend holds the distinction of being both a three-day break (for some people, at least) and the unofficial start to summer in Chicago, when the city opens up its seasonal attractions and daily temps finally start to hit their warm stride. What better way to celebrate than spending some time outside? For a low-key afternoon in the sun, we recommend skipping the packed reservation lists at Chicago rooftop bars and restaurants in favor of planning a good old-fashioned picnic with a group of friends. From the city's many parks and gardens to best beaches in Chicago, you'll find a bevy of peaceful locales for lunching outdoors, whether you're looking for a meal with a view or a quiet place to relax for a few hours. Here are some of our favorite Memorial Day weekend picnic spots—don't forget to pack a blanket, sunscreen and a nice bottle of frizzante!
RECOMMENDED: Memorial Day weekend in Chicago 2021