Summer is for outdoor partying.
Well, duh. That’s the best part of the warmer months, isn’t it? There are a lot of factors to consider though, like with any other venue, like food and theme, but outdoors can also mean watching the unpredictable weather. But not to worry; if all goes according to plan, then these Outdoor Party Venues in Chicago will be a smashing success. Just maybe keep bug spray handy.
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Maggie Daley Park
This 20-acre public park in the Loop community area near the Lake Michigan shoreline hosts a vast array of activities for outdoor adventures – a climbing wall, mini golf, rollerblading, picnic groves, tennis courts, beautiful gardens and a skating rink for colder months if you want to brave the chill. If you have something in mind for more than a picnic and mini golf, you can apply for permits and rentals to set up tents and tables and the whole shebang.
Phone: + 1 312 742 3918
Address: 337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
Who doesn’t love the Wizard of Oz? This Oz themed playground features Dorothy’s Playlot, filled with swings and climbing equipment, and the Emerald Garden for a stroll through the greenery. Check out statues of Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion and Toto, and activities like soccer and t-ball, tennis, and basketball courts. Outdoor events that have more than 50 people, or tents, inflatables, animals and bicycles require a permit. Check out their website for a full list.
Phone: + 1 312 742 7898
Address: 2021 N Burling St, Chicago, IL 60614
Oasis Water Park
Splash away the heat with a beach-entry pool, children’s splash pad, slides and diving boards at the Oasis Water Park. There is also a room for rent if you want to get out of the sun (they have party packages for this too), and concession stands for food and drinks. You are welcome to bring your own food and use their picnic area, but no glass containers or coolers allowed. Kids must be at least 48 inches tall to use the slides and splash pad.
Phone: + 1 847 967 6648
Address: 7877 N Milwaukee Ave, Niles, IL 60714
A funky venue with an outdoor courtyard and place to have great ice cream, this simply named Outdoor Café also serves up tasty milkshakes and bubble tea, which is their claim to fame. They also serve cake, sandwiches, paninis, soups and Asian specialties.
Phone: + 1 773 539 6078
Address: 3257 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60659
This kid friendly restaurant is one you’re going to want to visit again. Their botanical aesthetic extends to their outdoor seating area, with white tables and natural wood tones completing the look. Their kids menu consists of grilled cheese, chicken fingers, cheeseburger, pasta and meatballs, mac ‘n cheese and dessert pancakes. They also offer catering packages and private use of the restaurant and courtyard.
Phone: +1 773 634 4100
Email: contact form on their website
Address: 1954 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614