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Lovely Lake Michigan is the lone Great Lake located entirely within the United States and is the fifth-largest lake in the world. 307 miles long by 118 miles wide, with a shoreline 1,640 miles long, the lake is our city's deep blue gem. While you can always stroll along the beautiful lakefront or swim at one of the many city beaches, why not hop into a kayak, step atop a paddleboard, snorkel, scuba or even surf Lake Michigan? Here are five unique, active ways to experience Chicago's beautiful stretch of Lake Michigan. 

No one embraces summer like a Chicagoan: sunny days call for as much outdoor time as possible, and picnics are the way to dine. Here are four picnic + park recommendations that promise to make for a memorable summer afternoon in Chicago.

Summer in Chicago calls for patio dining . . . often, and in every corner of the city. But not every patio is kid-friendly, making for frustrated parents, bored kids and kid-less patrons who just want to sip their mojitos in peace. Here are five patios where kids are welcome to join in on the joy of dining in the great (urban!) outdoors.

Visiting the Windy City this summer? Chicago is a must-visit destination every season of the year, but in the summertime, it truly shines. From our beautiful, Lake Michigan beaches to our playful, imaginative parks, there is something for every adventure-loving family under the sun. Budget-wise moms and dads will be happy to learn that the best things to see and do this summer in Chicago are totally free!

Here are our family's picks for the top seven free things to do this summer in Chicago. 

Chicago Summer 2016: Family Bucket List!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

North Avenue Beach Chicago

Summer in Chicago. The sun! The beaches! The festivals! When looking for family friendly activities, the possibilities in Chicago are endless. The summer days are drifting way, how many of our top 10 things to do and see in the city can you finish before school starts?

The Perfect Beach Day

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 12:00 AM by Mike Habschmidt

Okay Chicago, say it with me now: summer.

Finally, I think the nice weather is here to stay, and that could only mean one thing: it's beach season! (Pause for applause) We made it. Now that it's finally time to hit up the beach, here are a couple of my guidelines for the perfect beach day in Chicago.

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If you still don't believe that Chicago is the city that has it all, I am about to blow your mind. If you were not aware, Chicago is the third largest city in the country and has dozens of beaches within the city limits. Chicago is an ideal summer getaway; one that seamlessly blends a day on the beach with a night on the town. Here are some of the many beaches you simply MUST visit.

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