Lake Michigan & Lincoln Park, Chicago
Lincoln Park is where Chicago sheds it's winter coat, boots and mittens, and comes out to play in the sun. And play it does! In fact, you can play there too. Run, rollerblade or rent a bike and ride along the lakefront. Get in a beach volleyball game. Or bring your bathing suit and catch some rays, at the beach or on the grass. You can also check out the Lincoln Park Zoo - it's free. There's so much more to do too - you'll never be bored (unless you want to be bored, of course!). And all in the shadow of one of the world's great city skylines. There's also an outdoor nightclub right next to one of the beaches (it is open during the day too). I felt like I was in California!
Lincoln Park is right on Lake Michigan, toward Chicago's North Side. It's a huge park, and quite beautiful too. Spend a beautiful, relaxing Chicago day at Lincoln Park.
Lincoln Park is a pleasant park just next to the banks of Lake Michigan, facing swanky apartments. It is the most upmarket part of Chicago. I was in Chicago around Thanksgiving so it was too cold for outdoor activities and the park was quite deserted. Even then, it was a very pleasant walk along the lake promenade. In summer, you can visit the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Lake Michigan is the third largest Great Lake by surface area and the sixth largest freshwater lake in the world.
Because Lake Michigan is joined to Lake Huron at the Straits of Mackinac, they are considered one lake hydrologically.
Many rivers and streams flow into Lake Michigan, and the major tributaries are the Fox-Wolf, the Grand and the Kalamazoo.
Lake Michigan's cul-de-sac formation means that water entering the lake circulates slowly
The northern part of the Lake Michigan watershed is covered with forests, sparsely populated, and economically dependent on natural resources and tourism, while the southern portion is heavily populated with intensive industrial development and rich agricultural areas along the shore.
Walking along the Lake Michigan offers you perfect viwes of the city and brings you to Chicago's most popular attractions like the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Observatory and the Navy Pier.
On a hot sunny day , nothing beats North Ave. Beach. You can lay out in the sun people watching, or go swimming . You can go rollerblading or bike riding. Its fun just taking a walk and absorb all that is going on.
if you want to grab a quick bite to eat , visit Castaways. The food is typical bar food. You can have a drink and listen to some live music.
It is a lot of fun.
Less than a mile away from the skyscrapers which dominate the skyline, the busy shopping streets of the 'Magnificent Mile', and the rush of traffic along Lake Shore Drive lies some great beaches where Chicago meets Lake Michigan.
Lake Michigan is the natural wonder of Chicago. The term "lake" is very misleading, even if it is one of the greats. This massive body of water and its extensive shoreline look very much like an ocean.
The lake is the center of summertime activity. A paved path follows the lakeshore, numerous boat tours cruise the lake and many people simply sit on the sand and stare at it.
The lake is the source of the ever changing Chicago weather and the cloud cover that seems to appear out of nowhere on a summer day. But most people in Chicago seem to love the lake. Its not hard to see why. Even those of us who grew up near and ocean can't help but be impressed by this sight.
This was my favorite of the downtown parks. It is Chicago's answer to New York's Central Park, and then some. On a warm sunny day, you'll find large numbers of residents, college students and tourists sprawled out on the large green lawns, barbequeing, throwing frisbees or simply soaking up the rare sunshine. Like all Chicago's parks, you're bound to find a statue here and there while you walk through, strategically placed in front of a great view of downtown and providing an excellent picture taking spot. You will also find a man made lake where you can rent paddleboats. In the center of the park is the Lincoln Park Zoo, which has its share of exotic animals.
Lincoln Park is only about a mile north of downtown. Its a pretty nice walk too, along the Lakeshore Drive bike path.
One of the best feature of the Chicago lansdcape is Lake Michigan. "Forever open and free", the lakefront will remain uncluttered. AAAnd it's a glorious sight when the sun is shining and the Lake has that deep turquoise hue... And Chicago has 29 miles of it! My best spot is North Avenue Beach. The largest beach close downtown. You'll see the Beach House, a 1938 Art Deco building, renovated recently that adds a playful feeling to the beach. In summer, activities start early with jogging and yoga. Then the activity picks up and you'll find the whole array of beach activities: Beach-volley, pick-nick... The boathouse has a restaurant (Castaway) and a convenience store if you need something like water or a new pair of sunglasses.You can also rent bikes, chairs...There is even a chess pavillon!
It's a nice feeling to be on the beach and then gaze at the cityscape so close.
Lifeguards are on duty during the summer season.
It's likely you won't have the opportunity to swim though. The Lake is really cold until late August and it can happen that bathing is prohibited because of bacteria proliferation. Make sure to check information.
Chicago is bathed by Lake Michigan, providing this amazing city with a huge lakeshore ideal for outdoor activities. This lake is something awesome: it is 480km long and 189km wide, being that its deepest spot is 274m, …. It is a freshwater lake that was “born” by the melting of glaciers on the Ice Age. This plain area of America is known as the Great Lakes and Michigan is the 2nd bigger lake amongst the five of them. I was told that beaches were built on the Chicago shore, by “adding” sand to the lake’s margins.
Chicago is built lakeside at the Lake Michigan. While standing at the lakeshore at Lincoln Park it almost seems like being at the ocean. You just see water... No wonder: Lake Michigan is 118 miles wide and 307 miles long. The shoreline as a length of 1,600 miles and it is the the second largest Great Lake. When I was there I could not see a lot of the lake. It was foggy and it did snow all the time. There were no boats or ships visible. During summertime the lake is a perfect terrain for sailing or doing a sightseeing cruise on one of the tourist ships.
Lincoln Park is one of the most beautiful spots throughout Chicagoland. Every day the park is enjoyed by many residents and visitors.
Lincoln Park began its existence as the City Cemetery. In 1864, the city council decided to turn the cemetery into a park. Permission was received from all descendants to move graves with one major exception. The Couch family, who owned a small mausoleum in the cemetery, refused to give their permission. To this day, the Couch mausoleum can still be seen, standing amidst trees, behind the Chicago Historical Society. Ira Couch, who is buried in the tomb, was one of Chicago's earliest innkeepers, opening the Tremont House in 1835. Couch is not the only person to still be buried in Lincoln Park. As recently as 1986, construction in the park has revealed more bodies left over from the nineteenth century.
Lincoln Park is, perhaps, best known for the Lincoln Park Zoo, a free zoo which is open year-round. The zoo was founded in 1868, when the Lincoln Park Commissioners were given a gift of a pair of swans.
Near the southern end of the Zoo, you can rent a paddle boat for a spin around the lagoon which is surrounded by trees. Kayakers and canoers also use the lagoon.
Lincoln Park is known for its statuary. As you walk through the zoo and the park, you'll see many of Chicago great works of art. Just as there is a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Grant Park, there is a memorial to Ulysses S. Grant in Lincoln Park. It overlooks Cannon Drive at the south end of the zoo. The sculpture was created in 1891 by Louis Rebisso. Actually, there is also a statue of Lincoln in Lincoln Park, the Standing Lincoln (1887), by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the same sculptor who created the Sitting Lincoln in Grant Park. Standing Lincoln can be seen behind the Chicago Historical Society. The only other person who is immortalized by statues in both Grant and Lincoln Parks is Alexander Hamilton, the Lincoln Park statue sculpted by John Angel.
Jutting into Lake Michigan (North of Navy Pier), a walk out to its Eastern tip has, as its reward, a most awesome panoramic view of the downtown skyline. Many exciting Summertime events are held here, including the 'Chicago Air & Water Show.' (photo: looking Southwest towards Lake Shore Drive and the John Hancock building at twilight - best to go in warm weather, though, and when the beaches are actually open ;-)
When you travel along the Lake by bike, you'll see and meet the most interesting people, the views are just wonderful, and it's quick enough to see it all in an afternoon. I'd reccommend you repeat as necessary, of course. I rode all around the Loop and Lakeshore all summer.
This is a picture of Lake Michigan.This huge lake,looks like a sea.You can see a lot of nice boats along the lake,and also you can take a ride in one of numerous cruises in the lake,I didn't had time enough to do it,but I think that the views from the lake must be really good.
If you only have time for one area of the city, this is it. The reason is simple. It incorporates many of the cities ideals, views, happenings, events, and people watching. Lakeshore Drive parallels the border of the city and gives a picturesques drive, and access to a majority of the activities to be had here.