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Lake Michigan

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Chicago sits on the shore of this Great Lake.

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Beautiful When Frozen

Chicago is a cold place in winter, which is not a secret. But as our friends in the UK say, there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes. The Lake is really neat when... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 January 2017
Vincent S
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Chicago is a cold place in winter, which is not a secret. But as our friends in the UK say, there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes. The Lake is really neat when it's frozen, so don't let the cold deter you from a quick trip down there. As well, the views of the Skyline are... More 

Thank Vincent S
Kuwait City, Kuwait
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Best Lake in US One of the world largest lakes runs in most mid west states nice clear frozen in winier lovely views

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new jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

I love visiting Lake Michigan because it feels like I am sitting somewhere on a beach and the best part is that a few blocks away you feel like you are in NYC!... I love the variety of this area and how different it can feel by just walking a couple of blocks. You can sit, lay, run, walk and... More 

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Apple Valley, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We want to put our feet in all the Great Lakes now that we have done so with Superior and Michigan! Michigan was cool because the city was gorgeous!!! The sand was soft and the water was nice!

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Waterloo, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

On this visit we decided to spend the day at the beach and aft wards we wondered why it took so long for us to do it. The views of the lake are great. The views back of the city are even better. Walk the shoreline along soft sand and take a dip in the refreshing lake. Lots of beach... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Lake Michigan shoreline definitely sets Chicago apart and helps make it the great city that it is. It's also great to go out on the lake and look back at Chicago's gorgeous skyline. It doesn't get much better then this. It's also great that so much of the lakeshore is free and open to the public.

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Lake Michigan is what makes Chicago It's the lake and the shore that gives the city it's unique atmosphere It's cleaner than ever and visiting the beaches is a treat in the summer as well as walking the shore line. Best of all it's free!

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Brighton, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Walking around the Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago was an excellent experience, and was a great way to spend a late morning / early afternoon, while casually seeing many parts of the City. Definitely a beautiful trip.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

It's very relaxing. You can go with your friends or with your mate especially at night & just chill & enjoy the beautiful water. 😊

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Richardson, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Lake Michigan has so much to offer depending on if your in downtown Chicago, or one of the many States, towns and cities that border this lake. We had the opportunity to stay at a friends lake house up in Coloma, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Clean beaches, awesome sand, and tons of different colored stones/rocks to collect. Look closely... More 

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