1. Picnic
A favorite of couples and families alike. Pack the picnic basket and enjoy a few hours in a park. Better yet, let an expert do it for you – call over to our culinary friends at Marché to order a picnic basket (at least 48 hours in advance requested) or call ahead the day of to place an order for signature sandwiches and cheese plates. With parks and green space in abundance in DuPage, choosing a convenient location starts with our park districts. A few of our favorites include Wilder Park in Elmhurst, Ty Warner Park in Westmont, and Lilacia Park in Lombard.  For more outdoor ideas, check out our Nature & Outdoors page.

Girls sitting on the bank of water enjoying a picnic at the Morton Arboretum
(Photo by @joysofadventure)

2. BBQ
You can’t talk Memorial Day without mentioning BBQ. But this year we’re not interested in firing up the grill ourselves. We want award-winning BBQ, so we’re heading over to Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café. Dine-in, takeout, place a catering order, or reserve your very own on-site cookout. DuPage is also lucky enough to be home to a Weber Grill Restaurant – also offering catering and on-site grilling packages in addition to dine-in, takeout and delivery.

3. Grab a Seat on the Patio
Always on our list when good weather rolls around. Here are a few of our favorite places to enjoy a leisurely afternoon or night out under the stars:  
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse
Mesón Sabika
Pints Elmhurst
Reserve 22
The Table at Crate 
Topgolf Naperville

4. Cantigny Park
Honor the true significance of Memorial Day with a trip to Cantigny Park — former estate of Chicago Tribune magnate Colonel Robert R. McCormick. Walk among the collection of tanks, reserve tickets to the First Division Museum, and celebrate the many who have served our country as you walk the peaceful gardens.

Old cannon at the First Division Museum

5. Quintessential Summer
DuPage is known for its sophisticated yet small-town charm. Simply enjoy our beautiful Main Streets and end the day in the way we wish for every summer evening — with a stop at FUEL & Crème, where they serve up the perfect combination of beer, wine and cider on one side and ice cream, custard and non-dairy options on the other side.

Outdoor patio with picnic tables at Fuel & Creme

6. DuMore Hopping
The long weekend is a great time to check out the many microbreweries in DuPage. Not a beer person? Head over to Lynfred Winery (open 10am – 5pm, reservations required for wine flights and wines by the glass, indoors or outdoors) or their tasting room Tasting deVine Wheaton (open 11am to 8pm) to experience why Lynfred has a renowned following in Illinois. They will be offering a 25% wine discount on Memorial Day for all active military with valid I.D

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