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A beach side picnic is one of the best parts about summer in Chicago. The Air & Water show at North Avenue beach is a great place to dust off those picnic baskets, lay back and enjoy the show. Here are a few do’s and don’ts from the City Of Chicago as well as some handy tips to help you pack the perfect picnic.


1) Sandwiches
Choose a sandwich that’s easy to make and can withstand the heat or being tossed around in a cooler. (Think classics like peanut butter and jelly, Ham or turkey with cheese)

2) Fresh-cut veggies
Carrots, celery, snap peas and broccoli are easy to cut and pack into zip lock bags for a quick snack. Not to mention, this is a much healthier option than chips!

3) Cheese
Even though you have to do without the wine, cheese is a picnic staple you can’t do without! Specialty and imported cheeses can be found near the lake front at Pastoral, Whole Foods and L’Appetito.

4) Dessert
Since there are plenty of easily packable dessert options out there, the possibilities are endless! Fresh fruit, cookies and cupcakes are a few that come to mind.

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Lakeview, Loop, Chicago French Market
Chicago, IL

Don’t have the time to prepare your own picnic? Pastoral has great picnic to-go options to help save the day!

With so many great outdoor options for enjoying the warm weather in Chicago, it’s natural for us to offer an elegant, delicious and easy way to picnic – at a concert, on a boat, at one of the great parks or beaches or even in your own backyard!

Pastoral picnics for two come complete with everything you’ll need to enjoy the best of summer! Whether it’s a picnic for two or a group outing, Pastoral has you covered!

Individual cheese plates include an artisan selection of cheeses from one country along with seasonal accompaniments. Their picnics combine cheese, bread, accompaniments, and cookies for two.

Please order Pastoral Picnics by phone or in store during business hours.



* Can I bring a blanket, chairs and a cooler to the beach to watch the Air & Water Show?

* What items are prohibited from being brought onto festival grounds?
o Alcoholic Beverages
o BBQ Grills (Open Flames)
o Fireworks or Explosives
o Illegal Substances & Weapons
o Pop-up Tents/Canopies
o Beach/Picnic Umbrellas
o Flag Poles
o All Pets (except Service Animals)

Failure to comply with the above may result in entry being denied. All containers will be subject to search. Bicycles may not be ridden on festival grounds.


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