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Lake Michigan, Illinois

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#2 of 38 in Nature in Illinois
More like an inland sea than a lake, Lake Michigan boasts a shoreline 2,600 km (1,600 mi) long, making it the fifth largest lake in the world. Nearly 12 million people live along the lake's shores, most of them in the metropolitan areas of Chicago and Milwaukee. You can explore a seemingly endless network of beaches, orchards, historical sites, award-wining wineries, parks, camping areas, and recreational resorts located along the shoreline, or choose to see the giant lake from the comfort of a traditional schooner or modern tour boat. For an urban experience on the lake, explore Chicago's 15 beachfront areas and marinas. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Chicago holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Lake Michigan and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • A beautiful landscape, a sea in the middle of the continent. On the pier, a nice area for good meetings, especially on hot days. Is a huge recreation area, where people, surprisingly, are comfortable, they exchange small words or, like me, stop a bit to the mere contemplation.
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  • It's a beautiful Lake located next to the city of Chicago. It is very beautiful and very big, no wonder it is the largest freshwater lake in the United States. Worth knowing and enjoy your beauty.
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  • The size of the Lake already called attention to wander by the edge everything becomes even more magical and beautiful! Well worth
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The Midwest's major center for business conventions, Chicago boasts many affordable places to stay, with most hotels located around the airport and the city's central business district. To discover the city from a comfortable base within walking distance of most tourist attractions, aim for one of the big chain hotels in the downtown area. If you're traveling on a limited budget and wish to get a deeper sense of Chicago's many diverse neighborhoods, consider staying away from the pricey city center and explore suburbs on a commuter train line for easy city access.
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