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Chicago Lakefront

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Chicago Lakefront

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Taylor B wrote a review Dec 2020
Chicago, Illinois6,566 contributions5,384 helpful votes
My wife and I have been to Central Park in New York City. Nice. But it doesn't have Lake Michigan. For us, there is no better place to take a leisurely and scenic stroll than Chicago's lakefront, which includes the city's beaches and four major parks--Lincoln Park, Grant Park, Burnham Park and Jackson Park. Chicago's Lakefront Trail is an 18.5-mile long paved path for walking, jogging, cycling and skateboarding, not to mention the scenic views of Lake Michigan and Chicago's skyline. During the summer months, 70,000 people use the trail. This isn't summer, it is mid-December, cold but surprisingly dry. No ice on Lake Michigan, just a chilly and brisk wind from the northeast. Until it gets too cold or snowy, we enjoy taking daily walks through Lincoln Park and weekend treks along the lakefront trail from North Avenue Beach to Montrose Beach and North Avenue Beach to Oak Street Beach. The view of Chicago's skyline from North Avenue Beach is spectacular, a picture postcard. We have never done it but you can walk or bike all the way to the Museum of Science and Industry at South 55th Street in Hyde Park. Instead, to the south, we have ventured to the Museum Campus, making visits to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. To the north, observe Waveland Clock Tower. It's interesting to view the boats in Belmont Harbor and Monroe Harbor. The trail also connects with Navy Pier, Illinois' most popular tourist attraction, but it currently is closed due to the pandemic.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Rolf A wrote a review Jan 2020
Chicago, Illinois465 contributions91 helpful votes
Lake Michigan not only provides drinking water for Chicago and more than 100 suburbs, it also gives Chicago a unique skyline panorama like no other city in the world. There is also Chicago public bus transportation along much of the lakefront giving riders spectacular views of a great lake and a great city.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Irina wrote a review Sep 2018
Illinois6,040 contributions8,744 helpful votes
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The city of Chicago is so lucky to have such a gorgeous Lakefront. It is just beautiful in any season, in any kind of weather, both for its citizen and for tourists from all over the world. The beauty of Chicago Lakefront is hard to define - it is in scenery, in colors, in architecture, it is in the skyline of the city. The beauty of Chicago Lakefront is magnetic. It is historic buildings, lavish hotels and skyscrapers, unforgettable huge parks, the iconic Navy Pier and Chicago River, the ever-so-busy Lake Shore Drive, the eighteen miles of Lakefront Trail along the fantastic Lake Michigan and multiple welcoming beaches ... It is also the dedicated work of the city authorities, all its businesses, and all its people. Beauty is sure in the eye of the beholder, but it is hard not to notice, it is hard not to admire, and it is impossible to forget. Chicago Lakefront IS beautiful.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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IAN D wrote a review Sep 2018
Wigan, United Kingdom17,950 contributions3,110 helpful votes
So good that this amazing city as such a beautiful lake to lap its shores. The lakefront is so beautiful. Words do not do justice,
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Taylor B wrote a review Sep 2018
Chicago, Illinois6,566 contributions5,384 helpful votes
Sometimes I think Chicagoans take the Lakefront for granted. My wife and I have lived on the Chicago Lakefront for 42 years and I often wonder if we taken advantage of it or appreciate it as much as we should. After all, how many people live next to such a beautiful piece of nature as Lake Michigan? I'm not talking about the Chicago Lakefront Trail, the 18-mile-long path for walking, jogging and cycling. I'm talking about the 17-mile-long stretch of public land that belongs to all of us, from South Shore and Jackson Park in the South to Hollywood Drive and Montrose Beach to the North. If you have access to a boat, you can get a magnificent view of the landscape from a mile or two offshore. It is unique in the world, a paradise of the people. You can experience the feeling by driving from south to north along Lake Shore Drive, watching Chicago's skyline grow bigger and bigger...South Shore Country Club, dating to 1916, Jackson Park (designed after New York City's Central Park and dating to 1893), the Museum of Science and Industry, the University of Chicago, Promontory Point, McCormick Place, Soldier Field, Northerly Island, Field Museum, Lake Shore East, Museum Campus, Millennium Park, Navy Pier and the 15-story Ferris wheel, Lake Point Tower, Streeterville, East Lake Shore Drive, Drake Hotel, Oak Street Beach, the Gold Coast, North Avenue Beach, Lincoln Park, Montrose Beach. Along the way, you see the tall skyscrapers...Willis Tower, John Hancock Building, Aon Building, Trump Tower, Aqua Building, Water Tower Place and 868-80 Lake Shore Drive, the iconic, revolutionary glass-covered residential buildings designed by architect Meis van der Rohe, And don't forget the Prudential Building, once the tallest building in Chicago. Today, it is dwarfed by surrounding mega-structures. Put them all together and it's a sight unlike any other, a haven for birders, boaters, bathers, joggers, walkers, picnicers, bikers, kayakers, tourists and sightseers. It's a treasure that more locals should appreciate.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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