Summer is coming and people are starting to emerge from their winter cocoons. Everyone is looking for fun places to get together with friends and families. What could be better than grilling outdoors with a few friends and family members, enjoying the milder temperatures and sunlight? Although most Chicago Parks don’t provide grills, almost all of them allow you to bring your own portable grill to their picnic areas, including these three.

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Douglas Park
1401 S. Sacramento Drive
Chicago, IL 60623
(773) 762-2842

Douglas Park is a hidden gem in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood. The park itself is very large with a golf course and outdoor swimming pools in addition to BBQ areas and tables. There is free parking as well. If you’re looking for a park a little more off the beaten path, but still amazing and spacious, this may be your best bet. The building facilities are a little run down but functional. If you can get past that, you will enjoy the park fully.

Promontory Point
Burnham Park
5491 S. Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60615
(312) 742-5369

Promontory Point in Burnham Park is a barbecue must if you’re looking for an excellent Chicago experience. Promontory Point has one of the most beautiful views of the Chicago skyline and would be an excellent spot for any outdoor activity. The park is also right on the lakefront, making it a little cooler for those hot summer days. Since it’s right off the lakefront trail, it would be an ideal spot to bike to for your barbecue.

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Riis Park
6100 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639
(312) 746-5363

If you’re feeling like a little exercise while you get your BBQ ready, Riis Park has a running track, playgrounds, tennis courts, a water play area and a well-equipped field house. The picnic groves are available with a permit and if you have less than 50 people in your party, you can inquire about a permit at the park’s field house. There is a $50 fee to grill in the park and you must bring your own grill. But there are also a range of activities for both adults and kids to participate in if you’re so inclined. Ask for a spot next to the lagoon, it’s a great place to enjoy some BBQ.

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Meredith Lyons is an actor, competitive fighter and fitness instructor in Chicago who also owns an amazing cat named Jake. Meredith has been writing on Examiner as the Chicago Martial Arts Examiner since 2008. Her work can be found at