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15 Things We Love About Lake Michigan

From North Avenue Beach to the skinny cocktails served waterside, these are the things that keep Chicago locals (and travelers) coming back again and again.

We're no longer the little kids we once were, oblivious to the lake's toe-numbing temperatures. So we find other beachy diversions that are more adult friendly. It's easy to do with 26 miles of public beaches, an 18.5-mile lakefront multi-use trail, plus attractions and events along the way. 

A Gallery of the Things We Love