Lake Michigan

  Nature and Parks

One of the 5 Great Lakes of North America, Lake Michigan has historically played a major role in the development of Chicago and the Midwest by providing easy connectivity and transportation routes with other ports. Today, the pristine waters of the lake and its bustling shore form the most popular recreational area for Chicagoans all year long.

The warmer months witness a flurry of activity on the lake, from individual kayaks and speed-boats to luxury cruises that offer a fun and relaxing experience. There are a variety of lake cruises to choose from, and you can enjoy Chicago's iconic skyline with views of the Navy Pier, Willis Tower, Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park, Museum Campus, and Soldier Field from the lake. You can also combine it with a cruise on the Chicago River which flows by other landmarks.

The Chicago Lakefront Trail comprises parks, beaches, harbors and marinas, and residential developments along an 18 mile walking and cycling path on the banks of the lake. Starting from the South Shore Cultural Center, there are a range of attractions along the way such as the Museum of Science and Industry, McCormick Place, Soldier Field, Chicago's Museum Campus, Monroe Harbor, Navy Pier, Belmont Harbor, and the Waveland Clock Tower.

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About Lake Michigan

 Chicago, IL, United States

 Nearest Transit: Linden (Line: Purple Line)

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