Setting up the perfect picnic at the Ravinia Festival is one of the best parts of summer in Chicago. Here's what you should pack in your picnic basket.
It doesn’t get much better than the Ravinia Festival when comes to picnic-friendly music venus. This summer-long music festival attracts all sorts of artists, from Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga to Aretha Franklin and even Seth MacFarlane. The 36-acre park is the perfect setting for Chicagoans to indulge in amazing summer picnics while being enchanted by both the performances and the surroundings. Before you head to Ravinia, gather these key pieces for a perfect picnic.
Picnic basket, West Elm ($79). 1000 W. North Ave., 312-867-1770
Carry this classic picnic basket instead of a handbag; details like the leather strap, woven texture, and graphic lining make it just as chic as it is functional, and the beverage compartment doesn't hurt either.
Grass is Greener picnic blanket, Kate Spade ($45). 900 North Michigan Shops, 312-951-7365
Not only is this blanket oh-so-stylish, it’s also compact and easy to transport in a handy drawstring bag.
Picnic beverage stake, Pottery Barn ($19). 1000 W. North Ave., 312-944-0467
Bring along these beverage stakes—each holds a bottle of wine and two glasses—to keep your drinks upright while you sway to the beat.
Kinto two-way wine glass, CB2 ($13 each). 800 W. North Ave., 312-787-8329
Twist the stems off and these durable plastic glasses transfrom from fancy wine guzzlers to stemless drinkware (and won't break on your way to and from the show).
Four-in-one bar tool mallett, CB2 ($25). 800 W. North Ave., 312-787-8329
This small, stainless steel tool performs four functions, two of which you'll need at Ravinia: bottle opener (if you packed a few beers) and corkscrew.
Ready-to-drink martinis, Vitani. Galleria Liquors, 1559 N. Wells St., 312-867-7070
Whether you’re a traditional dirty martini fan or love unique flavors like cucumber and elderpear, these ready-to-drink (and re-sealable) cocktails are the perfect picnic libations for when you're out of wine.
Black and white paper straws, Kikkerland ($9). Paper Source, multiple locations
Up the style factor of your picnic even more with these black-and-white paper straws that are both biodegradable and compostable.
Let the experts at Pastoral pack you the perfect picnic spread, including everything from artisan cheese selections to freshly-baked bread and decadent desserts.
Moji lantern, Black Diamond ($20). REI, 1466 N. Halsted St., 312-951-6020
Even with Ravinia’s own lighting throughout the park, your personal picnic area can get dim when the sun goes down. This bright little lantern will be very helpful, especially as you try to pack up all of your belongings at the end of the night.