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Lake Michigan, Illinois

4.8
#2 of 37 in Nature in Illinois
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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. Put Lake Michigan and other Chicago attractions into our Chicago travel itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Aug 19th and 20th is the Chicago Air and Water Show on Chicago's Oak St. Beach. It's a wonderful show to see along the lake front from Navy Pier to North Ave. Beach. But let me warn you it gets very c...  more »
  • Great walk but a little chilly around thanksgiving. Sometimes you can feel the mist from the water but Great walk way!  more »
  • A good place to walk around with a beautiful landscape of water that looks like sea in the face of the your vastness. In the area there are many dining options and the cafeteria is also the Aquarium. An unforgettable trip in the summer.
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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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