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French Picnic Under the Stars

Parade Field
Saturday, August 11
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Special Event Admission: $15 per car
Member pricing: $12 per car
For general information about this event, please call 630.260.8162.

This event comes on the eve of the park’s signature event, French Connection Day. Enjoy a French-theme picnic (available for pre-purchase), cabaret and popular music from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm by the Chicago Elite Orchestra and stargazing. The park’s 23-foot Eiffel Tower will be illuminated, adding a touch of Paris to the festivities.  Take home a memory from silhouette artist Cassidy Alexander as well!


A French-themed picnic under the stars will feature chef-inspired artisanal meats, cheeses, and flatbreads. Take your experience further by enjoying wine pairings from Gerard Bertrand, chosen to enhance your meal and be the perfect complement to a night under the stars. All picnic baskets include tablecloth, plates, utensils and wine glasses (for baskets with wine) and serves two people.


$35 without wine

$55 with wine (choose Rosé or Red)

Due to high demand, all picnic baskets are SOLD OUT.


As darkness falls, view the stars and planets through your own telescope or one provided by the Naperville Astronomical Association (NAA) and Chicago Astronomical Society (CAS).  If the sky is clear, this will be an ideal night to witness the beautiful night sky. Inside the Visitors Center, NAA will give a presentation about constellations at 7:30 pm. Theater seating is limited and first come, first serve.