Picnic & Fireworks

I love summers in Chicago. Despite the cool temperatures in June, it didn't stop us from enjoying opening night of the Grant Park Orchestra Concerts in the Park. Friends and I got together for a picnic where we brought some goodies to share. Here are some pics from our picnic and the concert we enjoyed...

Lots of people made it to opening night!

The Grant Park Orchestra setting up...


Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, Conductor; Stephen Hough, Piano

KEY/Arr. Toscanini Star Spangled Banner
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1

The Jay Pritzker Pavillion

Friends who came out to picnic & enjoy the concert...

Some of our picnic eats!

Our picnic potluck included....

Casatiello Rolls

Gourmet cheeses
Assorted crackers
Shelled walnuts
Assorted sausage and salami
Pasta salad
Potato salad
Tortilla chips & mango salsa
Frango chocolates
Macadamia nut caramels
Lemon bars
Smores bars
Date & Nut cake
Salt Water Taffy
Milk Caramel Candies
Chocolate covered strawberries
... and lots of wine!

After the concert, we hit up Navy Pier to catch the weekly fireworks. It was a beautiful night and a great way to end the day...


  1. That looks like so much fun! Me and my husband got engaged in Chicago and that night we ate at Riva on the Navy Pier and watched the fireworks so those hold a special place in my heart. Glad you guys had a great picnic!

  2. What fun! I can't wait to go to the GPMF this summer; I've managed to talk myself out of it the past two summers. I'll have to plan what to have for a picnic... and probably buy a picnic basket, too!

  3. I was in Chicago last summer and spent some time in Grant Park. It's beautiful! We didn't see a concert but enjoyed the sites. Looks like you had a nice evening!

  4. What a fabulous evening and venue! You make me want to spend the summer in Chicago!

  5. I love evenings like this. Picnics are definitely one of my favourite ways to eat and spend time with friends...and with fireworks! how wonderful!

  6. Ok Joelen - this really makes me miss my city :(

  7. That picnic spread looks pretty fantastic. And what a great night!