9 0 MIN­UTES ON: The Lakeshore

Where Chicago - - EDITOR'S ITINERARY -

Chicago is no­to­ri­ous for our bru­tal win­ters, but when that sum­mer heat fi­nally reaches steam­ing, there’s no bet­ter place to be. While the River­walk is the new, flashy water­front at­trac­tion, the beau­ti­fully main­tained beaches along Lake Michi­gan will for­ever be the city’s crown jew­els. If you’ve only got a quick hour and a half, take in some of the 18 miles of lake­front path. Go for a jog, rent a Divvy bike or even rollerblade (that’s back in style now).

The Windy City boasts 27 beaches, each with dis­tinct per­son­al­i­ties. At Oak Street Beach, sun­bathers can or­der grub and trop­i­cal cock­tails from the beach­side bar (aptly dubbed Oak Street Beach Food + Drink) while tak­ing in the scenery: Be­hind the beach is East Lake Shore Drive, one of the city’s most pres­ti­gious and his­toric blocks, while out on the water is the Playpen, a float­ing party hub where aquatic rev­el­ers tie their boats to­gether. A bit fur­ther up is the row­dier North Av­enue Beach, (more on that on page 7). Mon­trose Beach is the city’s dog-friend- ly shore, where man’s best friend can frolic all day. Even fur­ther north is Oster­man Beach, more com­monly called Hol­ly­wood Beach, Chicago’s unofficial LGBT beach where crowds of fab­u­lously fit lo­cals show off those gym gains.

Plenty of other lake­side at­trac­tions can help you pass the time, in­clud­ing iconic spots like Navy Pier (cur­rently home to "Ex­hi­bi­tion­ism," an im­mer­sive ex­hibit on The Rolling Stones) or the mu­seum cam­pus, home to the Shedd Aquar­ium, Adler Plan­e­tar­ium, Field Mu­seum and Sol­dier Field. With a beach­front like Chicago's, fun is a shore thing.

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