9 0 MINUTES ON: The Lakeshore
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.