Have lunch in a Japanese garden, on a wooded island oasis, or next to sun-basking turtles - all without leaving town. Browse from our favorite picnic spots and grab a basket!
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Located on Wooded Island (Paul H. Douglas Nature Sanctuary) in Jackson Park, the Osaka Garden is a Zen-inspired picnic destination. Walk under the moon bridge and stroll on winding pathways past peaceful, lily-pad spotted lagoons and Japanese-inspired greenery in this quiet oasis within the city. Bring a picnic blanket and perhaps some sushi-to-go in keeping with the Japanese theme (check out Sit Down Sushi Bar, 1312 East 53rd St., Hyde Park for sushi-to-go). Just a short walk from the Museum of Science and Industry, park south of the museum in the Columbia parking lot. Bring your binoculars and see if you can spot the more than 48 species of birds that have nested on the island.