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  • Lake MichiganAmbassadorPro 2014
    Nally
    4 Jun 13, 2014

    It's huge, beautiful, and looks like the ocean. If only the air were salty, it would be fairly easy to trick someone into believing it wasn't a lake. A great lake, indeed.

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  • Lake MichiganPro 2014
    Maan @Travel Binge
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    4 Nov 28, 2013

    I understand its one of the biggest lakes in the US. It does not really look a like due to its expanse but we had fun taking photos. It helped that my cousin was a professional photographer :) Loved the surroundings although we went autumn so it was kinda windy and really cold.

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  • Lake MichiganPro 2014
    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    4 Nov 05, 2013

    The lake is beautiful and oceanic in size. Also a great anchoring point if you are trying to figure out your way in the city. The lake is always East.

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    Jenny Weiss
    4 Oct 20, 2013

    Arguably one of the best things about Chicago is its prime access to the shores of Lake Michigan. I love to take long walks along the pedestrian path that starts off Lake Shore Drive near Northerly Island Park (and I like to end up at the Jamba Juice by the Hancock Center for a smoothie). In the summer, you can't beat the sights and sounds of people playing beach volleyball, tossing Frisbees, and sunbathing in the sand.

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    Bridgette
    5 Sep 13, 2013

    Lake Michigan has so much to offer. A beautiful sun set a night. Hot white sand beaches. My favorite is climbing up the sand dunes! There are seagulls and sea shells. The water isn't crystal clear but it's clean. Such a good relaxing family trip, the beaches never seem to be too crowded

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  • Lake MichiganPro 2014
    Steve Hunter
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    3 Jul 31, 2013

    Growing up on Long Island I'm a huge beach guy...and while we have awesome beaches there...you can't exactly go swimming in the waters surrounding Manhattan just yet...so when I went swimming in Lake Michigan years ago and then walked around Chicago in a bathing suit and sneakers with my buds...we found it fairly amusing

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  • Lake Michigan
    Jen Knoedl @GogobotChicago
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    5 Mar 23, 2013

    I called my mom the first time I saw Chicago's lake front.

    "Mom... there's an OCEAN in the MIDDLE of the CITY!" It's been true love ever since. No matter the season, I find peace, unity and inspiration in and along Lake Michigan.

    If you miss walking the lakefront, you've missed the whole thing.

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    Shannon Knable
    2 Mar 13, 2013

    The water is polluted and the beaches are usually overcrowded. They look nice, but it's all an illusion put on by the city of Chicago. There are also dozens of violent crimes committed at the lakefront each summer.

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  • Lake Michigan
    Pasquale Iannino Jr.
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    5 Feb 19, 2013

    Gotta love the lake! Take a dip in the summer if you dare. Not because it's ass cold but more because its full of bacteria LOL. Anyway I suggest finding a friend with a boat and see the city from that view!

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  • Lake MichiganAmbassadorPro 2014
    Sophia Aduana
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    5 Feb 09, 2013

    Ahhh the lake...it is as much a part of the city as Sears Tower is. Come summer, much of the activity Chicago has surrounds the lake - whether it is the beach, the lakeshore path, the parks, the concerts...not to mention all the boats.

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  • Lake Michigan
    Daniel Mason-D'Croz
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    4 Jan 11, 2013

    Chicago's lake front is really nice, especially when it is warm. The views you can get of the Chicago Skyline from the lake are spectacular and is really worth trying to do a cruise of some sort to get some great panoramic pictures

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    Lauren Monitz
    5 Dec 27, 2012

    My favorite place to be in the summer is North Ave. Beach or Abercrombie model heaven. Where all these attractive ppl go in the winter remains a mystery, but it's a sight to behold...and the lake's not bad either :)

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    Carl Tyndall
    4 Sep 28, 2012

    They don't call it one of the great lakes for no reason. They have a little beach area over there that is cool. Nice place to relax and take in the scenery.

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  • Lake Michigan
    Allie C
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    3 Sep 17, 2012

    What's great about Lake Michigan is that there's plenty of ways to enjoy the lake from land. The city's constructed great running trails around it and parks for people to enjoy the area.

    The biggest downside to the big city next to the lake is obvious to most. The lake negatively effects the weather in this area and can cause the weather to be unstable.

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    Joseph Coureur
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    4 Sep 04, 2012

    Lake Michigan is the greatest of lakes. Suck it Lake Huron!

    Most of the Chicago lakefront is publicly accessible and there are 17 miles of shared-use paths starting at the South Shore Cultural Center going all the way up to Ardmore St. Further north there are for-pay beaches.

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    Shaina Herman
    5 Aug 08, 2012

    What's so cool about Lake Michigan, from the Chicago side, is the dominance it has over the entire city. All roads lead to Lake Michigan, it's the most worthy finish line reward. Beautiful and bold, Lake Michigan is epic.

    Run, beach, cycle, roller blade, see a show, eat some grub, read a book, or close your eyes and suck in the fresh air. I don't actually know how you could miss Lake MIchigan in Chicago.

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    Terri Valentine
    5 Jul 11, 2012

    I went on a boat ride around the lake. It was a nice tour of the lake. It went by the lighthouse on Lake Michigan.

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    Børre Møinichen
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    I have always lived by the Ocean, and I am not really a fresh water guy. However, it's amazing how much I fell in love with Lake Michigan. Big enough to fool me - it almost felt like I was by the ocean.

    I've also had the pleasure of going fishing, and boy, does Lake Michigan offer som fine fish, and some great stories to follow... ;)

    Another "cool" thing about it is that we get a nice breeze in the summer. In the winter (when it's freezing cold anyway) we get the nicest ice sculptures.

    I love jumping in the lake, and it's neat that one can even swim right by down town.

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  • Lake Michigan
    Chaitanya Kalapala
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    A sight to watch at any time of the year. Its vastness is calming to look at during summers. The floating ice in winters is beautiful to look at from the piers in its own way.

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  • Lake Michigan
    Lorrie M
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Lake Michigan is incredibly vast and beautiful when standing in the areas of Grant Park viewing out onto the lake. I feel like this along with the Chicago River really defines and gives Chicago that extra oomph that it has as an attractive tourist city.

    The lake provides an amazing view for many businesses and apartment / condo owners as well as a source of entertainment for the city at Navy Pier and it's gorgeous, as Rodger W. said, all year round. It truly is a National Treasure and I look forward to visiting it for years to come.

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4.5 out of 5
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A visit to the sixth largest freshwater lake in the world is something you will not soon forget. In addition to the endless horizon of water, the backdrop of Chicago's skyline makes it one of the most picturesque locations in the United States. It is easy to have a lazy and relaxing day at one of the many beaches, as there are 26 miles of free beaches along Chicago's lakefront. Biking and running ... read more
paths also line the lake and on warm summer days are swarming with both locals and tourists working up a sweat. Fishing opportunities also are plentiful in the lake, and a number of charter companies operate out of the many harbors.

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