How to Build a Perfect Picnic This Summer

You can’t control the weather, but you can make sure the food is amazing. Here’s how—with a little help from some of Chicago’s best chefs.

Russel Wright melamine tumbler, vintage wooden-handled flatware, vintage cooler, leather-wrapped thermos, polished nickel and brass ice bucket, vintage plaid wool blanket, outdoor acrylic pillow, Russel Wright melamine covered bowl, melamine plate, Russel Wright yellow melamine dinner plate, cotton napkin, and wicker picnic basket

Photography: Tyllie Barbosa; Food Styling: Carol Smoler; Styling: Barri Leiner Grant;
Photographer’s Assistant: Emily Hindin

GET THE LOOK Clockwise from top: Russel Wright melamine tumbler, $12 each, Tabula Tua, 1015 W. Armitage Ave. Vintage wooden-handled flatware, $6 a piece, and vintage cooler, $125, Brimfield, 5219 N. Clark St. Leather-wrapped thermos, $160, and polished nickel and brass ice bucket, $195, Jayson Home, 1885 N. Clybourn Ave. Vintage plaid wool blanket, $195, Brimfield. Outdoor acrylic pillow, $54.95, Crate & Barrel, 646 N. Michigan Ave. Russel Wright melamine covered bowl, $45, Tabula Tua. Melamine plate, $4.50, West Elm, 1000 W. North Ave. Russel Wright yellow melamine dinner plate, $25, Tabula Tua. Cotton napkin, $3.99, World Market, 1623 N. Sheffield Ave. Wicker picnic basket, $39.95, Crate & Barrel.


Wine & Cheese


The Main Event
Fried Chicken & Picnic Punch

The Side Show


Sweet Endings
Brownies & Lemon Cream Pie




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