JUNE 2017 – How lucky are we to be in a beautiful bike-friendly city? It’s a shame if you don’t get out for a picnic cruise at least once this summer! Just across the street from world-renowned Millennium Park and Lake Michigan’s stunning shores, we’re located in the heart of the city with easy access to some of Chicago’s prettiest bike routes. To help our guests live like locals, we partnered with Chicago native and local expert Ashley Hutchinson to put together a guide of the best picnic spots to cruise to.
Special this summer, book our Nosh & Cruise package to take full advantage of a stay – you’ll receive a complimentary Heritage Bicycles rental right from our lobby (solo or tandem bikes available) and a picnic basket full of goodies and refreshing mocktails put together by our culinary experts to take to a picnic spot hand-selected by Ashley. Upon your return, take a private historic tour of the Chicago Athletic Association building then head up to Cindy’s for a meet-and-greet with one of our chefs and a $30 credit to use toward dessert and cocktails.
See our top picnic spots below plus Ashley’s can’t-miss tips!
Museum Campus | 1400 S Lake Shore Dr 60605
“A little slice of European romance in Chicago. Here there’s the Field Museum (with the world’s largest intact T-Rex skeleton and Chicago World’s Fair architecture), the Adler Planetarium, and the Shedd Aquarium all within easy walking distance of one another. There’s really a little something for everyone here!”
Arguably some of the best views of the skyline from Adler Planetarium and plenty to see and do! Pick up lunch and take a quick ride to the lakefront to soak in the views.
Lincoln Park Zoo | 2001 N Clark St 60614
“Nestled in the heart of Lincoln Park is quite possibly one of the coolest zoos youll ever find! The best part? It’s completely free to visit too! I love to wander around here on a sunny afternoon and watch the animals prowl their territory.”
Cruise up Lake Michigan’s shore to Chicago’s premier free zoo for a fun family day. Take in great sights of historic homes on the inner lakeshore.
606 Trail | 1752 N Damen Ave 60647
“Chicago’s newest urban marvel and a wonderful place to bike, run, or just sightsee the city. You’ll explore some off-the-beaten path neighborhoods but are also close to some of the city’s best restaurants in Wicker Park too! Win-win.”
Check out Chicago’s west-side hubs of Wicker Park and Bucktown. Hop on Milwaukee Ave and jump on the newly-developed 606 trail from there. The first of its kind, this running and cycling highway follows former train tracks elevated safely above the streets.
Garfield Park Conservatory | 300 N Central Park Ave 60624
“A serene oasis admist the chaos of the city. Garfield Park Conservatory is the best conservatory in Chicago not only because it has plenty of rooms with so many different biomes represented, but also because it’s a lovely quiet place to wander in for hours.”
Chicago’s motto translates to “City in a Garden” – in the spirit of sharing Chicago’s beauty, the Garfield Park Conservatory is free to all! Built over 100 years ago, this is the perfect place to admire exotic plants or picnic in the park. The route will take you down some iconic streets and through some lesser-seen parts of the city – bike carefully!
Heritage Bicycles General Store | 2959 Lincoln Ave 60657
It doesn’t get much better than bikes and coffee. This classic Chicago bicycle manufacturer roasts coffee in addition to building bikes. Check out their café and fuel up on coffee and pastries or shop the latest cycle fashions.
Montrose Beach | 4400 N Lake Shore Dr 60640
Beach day! This is a locals’ beach with great sights along the way. Ride the lakefront path north to check out the harbor, eat fresh paletas, dip your toes in the sand or take a stroll through the bird sanctuary.
Promontory Point | 5491 S Shore Dr 60615
Hyde Park is a gem on Chicago’s South Side. Picnic by the lake and cruise through the lagoons or through beautiful neighborhoods to find the Obama family home. Cruise down 57th to check out the University of Chicago’s ivy and a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home.