A fully equipped picnic basket to suit your picnicking needs.
This rustic, suitcase-style picnic basket ($350; williams-sonoma.com) comes armed with everything you could ever need for your perfect picnic, including porcelain plates, sturdy silverware, hand-blown wine glasses, a fleece blanket, and an elegant English aesthetic. 1550 N. Fremont St., 312-255-0643
Lauded as one of the 10 best baguettes in America by Bon Appétit, Floriole’s long, French loaves have a wonderfully crisp exterior, a soft, delicate inner crumb, and a touch of acidity thanks to the bakery’s well-crafted sourdough starter. Enjoy one with a bit of sweet cream butter, or slice it lengthwise and load it up with your favorite sandwich fixings (see below). 1220 W. Webster Ave., 773-883-1313
Visit this one-stop-shop for edible artisanal goods to pick up your choice of picnic-ready cheeses and cured meats. Consider salame tartufo flavored with earthy black truffle, duck prosciutto, and Wabash Cannonball cheese made with goat’s milk, as well as a few sweet accoutrements like honey and dried mission figs. 2945 N. Broadway St., 773-472-4781; 53 E. Lake St., 312-658-1250; 131 N. Clinton St., 312-454-2200
A vendor’s stand full of fresh berries at Green City Market.
Take advantage of outdoor farmer’s market season with a quick stop at Lincoln Park’s Green City Market to gather a small spread of seasonal fruits. Fill your basket with sweet cherries, apricots, berries, and citrus, and make a bright, hassle-free fruit salad. 1790 N. Clark St., 773-880-1266
This neighborhood wine shop houses an enviable collection of thirst-quenching domestic and international wines. Try an Italian Brunello or a French Châteauneuf-du-Pape—either full-bodied libation will pair well with the chosen picnic fare. Did we mention that the picnic basket also comes with an insulated wine duffel to keep your prized bottle chilled? 2232 W. Roscoe St., 773-281-8888; 1412 W. Chicago Ave., 312-666-6900; 1257 S. Halsted St., 312-738-1900
This cookie-meets-whoopie-pie mashup features two soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies held together with gloriously rich vanilla buttercream, and punctuates any picnic with a healthy dose of sugary delight. 3751 N. Southport Ave., 773-248-2271