Playground season is upon us and your little monkeys are going to want to climb, swing, crawl and play throughout the summer. There’s no need to rush home for lunch between morning summer camp and afternoon story time. We’ve rounded up ten playgrounds that feature plentiful picnicking areas, covered pavilions or large grassy areas to spread out a blanket and nosh on snacks. Stay as long as you like and enjoy the sunshine!c

Winnemac Park

A very large natural park extends beyond the playground. And it's oh so picnic perfect! Set off on a nature hike and scout for the perfect picnic spot. We recommend overlooking the butterfly garden or escaping the sweltering sun under a canopy of trees.

5100 N. Leavitt St.
Lincoln Square

Photo: Chicago Park District

What is YOUR favorite playground that has a picnic area? Shout about it in the Comments!

— Wendy Altschuler & Mistie Lucht