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7 Perfect Picnic Spots - Chicago Western Suburbs

  • Summer in Chicagoland means it’s time to get outside and explore everything the western suburbs have to offer. So pack a lunch, pack up your kiddos and head out to these perfect picnic spots that offer a lot more than just a great place to eat.
  • Graue Mill and Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook
  • On the east side of Fullersburg Woods is Graue Mill, the only working waterwheel gristmill in Chicagoland. The grounds of Graue Mill include a handful of picnic tables overlooking Salt Creek. While you’re there, you also can check out the Graue Mill Museum and explore Fullersburg Woods, part of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. Additional picnic spots are available along the Fullersburg Woods trail.
  • McCollum Park, Downers Grove
  • This massive park truly has something for everyone — miniature golf, volleyball,
  • horseshoes, a playground, tennis courts, and more. The picnic shelter is located in a grassy, tree-covered area and is a great option for folks looking to picnic with a crowd. Concessions are also available.
  • Guthrie Park and the Riverside Farmers Market, Riverside
  • There aren’t any picnic shelters or tables here, but if you bring a blanket, this is a
  • perfect spot to spend lunch with your little ones near downtown Riverside. We
  • recommend coming here on Wednesday afternoons when food vendors at the Riverside Farmers Market offer pizza, burgers, smoothies, and more. Bonus: You’ll be able to watch the trains go by at a safe distance, and the library is right across the street!
  • Country Lane Woods, Willow Springs
  • Part of an expansive section of the Cook County Forest Preserve and located off of La Grange Road and 95th Street in Willow Springs, Country Lane Woods has plenty of parking, green space, and picnic tables as well as a shelter. It’s also about two miles from the Little Red School House Nature Center, which offers live animals, exhibits, and a children’s activity room.
  • Proksa Park, Berwyn
  • With two playgrounds — one for smaller kids and one for bigger kids — two ponds, a walking path, children's garden, tennis courts, and a baseball diamond, the whole family will enjoy Proksa Park, located near Wisconsin Avenue and 31st Street in Berwyn. The two tree-covered picnic groves offer lots of shaded space so grab a table or bring a blanket.
  • Gordon Park, La Grange
  • Let the kids burn off some energy at the splash pad and playground while you
  • peacefully eat your lunch (yeah right) in the picnic shelter at Gordon Park in La Grange. This recently revamped park off Ogden Avenue is low-key and a perfect spot to enjoy a hot summer day.
  • Centennial Beach, Naperville
  • For a change of scenery, try Centennial Beach in Naperville. Not only is this “swimming hole” one-of-a-kind, there are grassy areas and tables for picnickers to enjoy. Grab your swimsuit and your picnic basket, and spend the day at the beach without leaving the western suburbs. There’s also an onsite restaurant if you want to purchase food. Daily admission for residents is $6; $10 for non-residents. Annual memberships are available.
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