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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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  • September 25, 2017
    We have 'visited' this Great Lake (the only entirely US one) now in three different states - Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan - and we've passed it by on many occasions when driving through Indiana. I...  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    This marina has a beach to walk for miles picnic tables shops restaurants sight seeing paths swimming a light house you can walk out to was a beautiful day if your ever in port Washington Wisconsin st...  more »
  • September 17, 2017
    The Lake is beautiful, super seems a reasonable extension of beach sand. An avenue with a boardwalk for hiking and biking. Give a casual air to the city.
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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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