The only thing better than having a picnic is having a picnic with food made by someone else. A number of local venues are helping alfresco fans do just that by offering ready-to-go baskets and take-out specials designed to pair with the great outdoors.
180 N. Field Blvd., (312) 938-4303, 3forks.com/location/chicagoIII
Forks offers curbside pickup on a number of items including burgers that “are delicious and travel well,” according to Chef Proprietor Adrian Corkill. “We also offer a family meal kit with choices like braised short rib, chicken Marsala and chicken fried filet mignon, my personal favorite.” Monday through Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m.
834 W. Fulton Market, (312) 733-0370, beatrixrestaurants.com/beatrix/fulton-market
Beatrix Market offers wine, craft beer, and carry-out cocktails to-go from Beatrix and other Lettuce Entertain You restaurants. Snacks such as charcuterie, candy, chips and specialty spreads are available to customers for pick-up. Orders must be placed one hour before preferred pick-up time. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Columbus Tap Grab and Go
200 North Columbus Drive, (312) 565 6625, columbustap.com
Columbus Tap offers a Grab-and-Go variety of breakfast items including fruit, yogurt parfaits, cereal, hot breakfast sandwiches, smoothies and juices that can be picked up in the lobby. Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
52 W. Illinois St., (312) 222-1888, rpmrestaurants.com/rpm-italian-chicago
The RPM Italian Picnic Basket for parties of 4-8 includes Provolone-stuffed peppers, Giuliana’s Italian salad, Prosciutto and Ricotta toast, chicken Parmesan sandwich, Giuliana’s cavatelli pasta salad, and chocolate chip-oat cookies. $28 per person, plus tax. Monday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., exploretock.com/rpmitalian.
The Goddess and Grocer
1127 N. State St., (312) 265-1888, goddessandgrocer.com
The Goddess and Grocer offers a “Clucket Bucket” with eight pieces of fried chicken and two sides, chili-infused maple honey and brownies for $39.95. Add-on servings, desserts and cocktails available. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance at goddessandgrocer.com.
109 W. Hubbard St., (312) 526-3511, mikispark.com
The Korean-inspired River North venue has launched a picnic basket catering initiative featuring several options that feed parties of five. The Bang Bang Basket includes a choice of five Sliders or Korean Red Hots, K-Pop Chicken, Just Fries, and Banchans, and a classic Korean cucumber side dish for $50. The vegetarian Buddha Basket includes 10 dumplings, RAD salad, Veggie Bap, Just Fries and Banchans for $40. Ordering 24 hours in advance is preferred, but guests can also swing by and place an order in person.