Picnic Planner

See our overview and planning sections below to help you start coordinating the catering services at your picnic event. Planning a picnic can be a difficult task. There is food, staff, entertainment, drinks, site selection, and much, much more to consider. After you review our picnic planner, we encourage you to Contact Us to talk with our experienced picnic consultants. They can help you choose the right catering menu and select a venue in Chicago or the surrounding suburbs. When you’re ready, we’re here to help smooth out all the details.

Download our Picnic Planner Checklist (PDF). Checklist requires Adobe® Reader®.

Picnic Overview

In your backyard, in a park, or even at the office, picnics are a breeze with your friends at Corky’s Catering. We offer catering services from a full range of your favorite picnic foods, entertainment and conveniences, so everyone at any age can have a wonderful time!

Picnic Planning

It takes more than delicious food to make a picnic great. With our Picnic Checklist and professional planners, we’ll help take care of every detail.

Full-Service Menus

There’s nothing like a cookout! Especially when we do all the grilling.

Self-Service Menus

Drop-off picnics delivered right to your site; no muss no fuss.

A la Carte Items

Customize your menu to suit your crowd, your theme and your style.

Amusements & Rentals

Entertainment and fun foods so kids and adults can play the day away. You’ll also find chairs, tents, tables and more.

Beverages & Bar Service

Quench thirsts with a variety of beverages.

Picnic Sites

We know Chicagoland’s best places for picnics.


We’ll help as much as or as little as you want, depending on your style and budget.

Picnic Planning

For a perfect picnic, we encourage you to Contact Us to talk to one of our picnic planners. But first, please browse our site and download our Picnic Planner Checklist (PDF) to gather ideas. When you’re ready, we’re here to help smooth out all the details.

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Beyond Corky’s delicious food and quality catering services, we offer professional planning to coordinate and manage your event. Need help locating a venue? We can help you select a Chicago or suburban location. And, we provide as much or as little help as you need to accommodate your budget and style. Our picnic planners are happy to help. Below are some of the catering services we provide.

Picnic Planning Services

1) Site Selection and Reservations
2) Menu and Drinks Planning
3) Games and Entertainment

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4) Tables, Tents, Rides and More.

Download our handy Picnic Planner Checklist (PDF) to start planning your picnic. It’s a printable worksheet that gives you many ideas for food and entertainment. You can also use it to create a custom catering picnic menu. It makes a picnic with Corky’s even easier.

Picnic Catering Checklist

Below are some great ideas to make sure you don’t forget a thing for your next picnic!

  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Check Linens
  • Tableware
  • Soda
  • Bartenders
  • Servers
  • Beer and Keg Service
  • Liquor Packages
  • Tents
  • Games
  • Clowns
  • Caricature Artists
  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Dino Jump
  • DJ’s and Bands
  • Banners
  • Signs
  • Sno-Cone Machines
  • Ice Cream Carts
  • Custom Cakes
  • On-Site Pig Roast Service
  • Drop-Off Pig Roast Service
  • On-Site Grill Service
  • Grills/Smokers
  • Charcoal
  • Fried Chicken
  • Ribs/Rib Tips
  • Barbecue Chicken
  • Buffalo Wings
  • Polish Sausage
  • Italian Sausage
  • Italian Beef
  • Hot Dogs
  • Hamburgers
  • French Fries (on site service only)
  • Baked Potato
  • Watermelon
  • Fruit Trays
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Baked Beans

Contact Us

Are you planning on having something soon? No matter if you’re having an event next week or next year, fill out our easy contact form and we’ll get right back to you in 24 hours.

Download Menus

Corky’s makes parties memorable! Take a look at our amazing selection of menus to choose from. No matter if you’re planning a company picnic or a simple lunch, we have menus for any occasion.


We have partnerships with the most reliable rental vendors around. From tables and tents to complete branded events, we have the solutions to coordinate any gathering. Birthdays in the back yard? No problem. Corporate event in Grant Park? No Problem. Are team is the best at sourcing what ever you need for your next event.

Douglas, Addison

... other than Thanksgiving dinners cooked by my mother and my wife, the food was the best.

– Douglas, Addison

Kim, Evergreen Park

We compared other companies and you offered the most for the best price. I love that the salads and tableware are included in the packages.

– Kim, Evergreen Park

Robby & Edith, Chicago

Best food in town!

– Robby & Edith, Chicago

Joy, Arlington Heights

(Our server), on a scale of 1 to 10 was a 12.

– Joy, Arlington Heights

Fred, Chicago

We find that catering is the only way to survive a party. I must say by far your food is the best...

– Fred, Chicago

Marcie, Hillside

I was thrilled with the food. The compliments are pouring in and I enjoyed myself!

– Marcie, Hillside

Nadine, Addison

Believe me when I say (our server), is a jewel!

– Nadine, Addison

Mary, Bensenville

Your staff did an excellent job with the food, bingo and children’s games!

– Mary, Bensenville

Bob, Chicago

It was an easy party, I had time to enjoy myself.

– Bob, Chicago

Maureen, Waukegan

Improve? ... you already do it all. Oh, maybe you can come clean our house before the party! Just kidding!

– Maureen, Waukegan

Lois, Oaklawn

You made it so easy! Your customer service is great and the food is yummy!

– Lois, Oaklawn

Peter, Chicago

The good food made the evening a success – thank you.

– Peter, Chicago

Jill, Wheeling

Why cook? Corky’s did it all!

– Jill, Wheeling

Connie, Addison

I heard nothing but raves and compliments on the food and our servers.

– Connie, Addison


The Driver Was On Time, Friendly And Helpful. It Was Great That He Explained All The Food, So We Wouldn’t Have Any Problems. Everything Was Hot And Delicious. We Had Enough To Serve The Additional Team Members That Attended. Corky’s Helped Make Our Team Meeting A Huge Success.

– Susan