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Lake Michigan

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4.5 out of 5
56 member's reviews
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  • 86%
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  • 77%
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  • 70%
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  • 59%
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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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    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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    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
    Jenn Winter
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    5 Apr 08, 2013

    How can you not love Lake Michigan? It's what makes Chicago an amazing city!

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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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  • 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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    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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    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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    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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Description:

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 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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