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On The Blackboard—Chicago: Picnic Edition


Picnics from Pastoral
What’s a picnic in the park without some great cheese, meats, and snack to go with good vino? These picnics from Pastoral appeal to any charcuterie fan, from the Francophile within to the quesophile we all are, and they have vegetarian-friendly picnics available too. Most picnics are priced at $39.99, and must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance. Wine pairings are suggested online and available for purchase along with your basket. And as an added plus, these meals are available at all of the Pastoral locations for your convenience, whether you’re headed to Millennium Park or Lincoln Park.

When: Hours vary by location
Where: 2945 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview); 53 E. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60601 (Loop); 131 N. Clinton St., Chicago, IL 60661 (Chicago French Market)
Telephone: 773-472-4781 (Lakeview); 312-658-1250 (Loop); 312-454-2200 (Chicago French Market)

Patisserie Picnic from Toni Patisserie & Cafe
Picnics and pastries go hand in hand at Toni. Now with a location conveniently close to Millennium Park, Toni Patisserie & Café has a picnic box that appeals to any pastry fan. For $12.95, picnickers can get their own individual box containing a sandwich, salad, or galette, with choice of chips, side salad or fruit. Best of all, each picnic box comes with one of Toni Patisserie’s famous cookies or brownies. Online ordering isn’t available, but you can call to order these picnic boxes for pickup.

When: Mon–Sat, 6 AM– 6 PM; Sun 7 AM–3 PM
Where: 65 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602
Telephone: 312-726-2020

Picnic Sides to Share (or not) from Falafill
Whether you’re serving a meal for one or for many, Falafill offers a prettily packaged picnic box to fit your party. Falafill picnic boxes offer a wide selection of choices, with a main selection of one of their famous falafel, turkey, or steak wraps, and your choice from the many sides available within the store. So pick out your favorite wrap and side (we recommend the baba ganoush or tabbouleh, and place your order online for a light Mediterranean meal.

When: 11 AM–10 PM
Where: 3202 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657 (available at the Lakeview location only)
Telephone: 773-525-0052

Sandwiches, Salads, and Sides Galore
Nohea Cafe has long served their much-beloved chicken Caprese sandwiches to the West Loop. Now these delicious compilations of chicken, tomatoes, mozzarella, and house-made basil mayo are ready to go in a picnic box or basket for a meal at the park. Nohea offers either individual boxed meals (starting at $12.50) plus larger baskets ($69 for a picnic for eight people), depending on the size of your picnicking party. Each includes either a sandwich or salad with chips and dessert, and is available for walk-in, phone orders, or delivery.

When: Mon–Fri 8 AM–5 PM; Sat 8 AM–3 PM
Where: 1312 W. Madison, Chicago, IL 60615
Telephone: 773-935-7448

A Barbeque Picnic
What’s a proper picnic without some roasted meats slathered in sweet barbeque sauce? The Smoke Daddy has you covered with a picnic that will fulfill your need for all things pork. This option is great for larger groups (ideal for 10 or more), and includes your selection of pork, chicken, and sausage. It’s available any time for pick up and even available for delivery with 24 hours advance notice (call or email with your order). Gather your friends together for the porky picnic in the park.

When: Mon–Sun 9 AM– 8 PM
Where: 1804 W. Division, Chicago, IL 60622
Telephone: 773-772-6656

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