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Picnic in the Park

What better way to enjoy the late summer/early fall weather than to head outdoors for a picnic in the park! You don’t have to go far to find a spot to spread out your feast. Your picnic place can be as near as your neighborhood park, as the Naperville Park District offers 59 picnic shelters in parks all across the community. Or head to a favorite location in the heart of downtown, such as the Riverwalk or Rotary Hill, or to a community park or sports complex in your area.


Picnic at the Jaycee Playground on the Riverwalk

Where to Go
We have compiled a list featuring parks with picnic shelters in each area of Naperville. Click here to see the list:

Or search for a park near your home by using the Parks & Facilities Search on our website, tagging “picnic shelter” to find additional destinations for your picnic.

The picnic shelter at Hunters Woods playground is an example of the shelters included in many parks.

What to Bring
For destinations near the Riverwalk, stop by the Riverwalk Café and pick up a sandwich, snack or soft drink to take with you to your picnic spot. 

Riverwalk Café

Or, try this easy recipe:

Quick and Easy Wraps to Go
Ingredients for one wrap:
1 6-inch flour tortilla
2 slices of cheese of your choice
1 oz. shredded lettuce
1 tomato slice
2-3 oz. of protein of your choice (sliced ham, turkey, grilled chicken, hummus, tofu, etc.)
1 T. mayonnaise or other spread

Place tortilla open face on a flat surface.  Spread mayonnaise (or substitute) over the entire tortilla.  Layer cheese, protein, tomato and lettuce in the center of the tortilla. Fold sides in about 2 inches toward the middle, then roll from the bottom, pressing to seal. Here's a quick video demonstration of how to fold your wrap.

Other easy picnic food ideas:
Snacks and lunches to pack for an outing to the park or playground

Ideas from Real Simple

Ideas from Pinterest

Ideas from Today’s Parent

We would love to hear from you! Share photos, feedback from your experience in the parks,
and your favorite picnic recipes or take-out food.  Comment below or email your photos and comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


A picnic on Rotary Hill


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