We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Lake Michigan

Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: IL
Improve this listing

Chicago sits on the shore of this Great Lake.

Book ahead on Viator
More Info
and up
Paddle Board Rental in Escanaba
More Info
and up
Kayak Rental on Lake Michigan
More Info
and up
We Gotta Bingo

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,714 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1251
  • 393
    Very good
  • 63
  • 5
  • 2

Large and beautiful. I always wanted to visit and I am happy I was able this year. You must add the Great Lakes to your bucket list.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 22, 2015
Tokyo D
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

1,714 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

Large and beautiful. I always wanted to visit and I am happy I was able this year. You must add the Great Lakes to your bucket list.

Thank Tokyo D
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

#1Plentiful Drinking Water, sailing, speed boating, skiing, swimming etc at my doorstep. Observing the Lake Michigan from my home is a calming watching the weather changing effects.

Thank BBpizza25
Union, New Jersey
Level Contributor
30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

It was rather cold during my time in Illinois, but people still found it to be an excellent occasion to go for a swim.

Thank Micael F
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Level Contributor
73 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The lake is huge and gigantic. We can see many boats and crafts at one of side. The lake which as waves like beach. wow. different experience. The lake-shore is full of attraction from museums to aquarium to parks to navy pier. We can see many people on side of lake, taking pictures, drawing the pictures. It's an awesome view... More 

Thank unnikrisb
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
1,002 reviews
188 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Most people see Lake Michigan as they drive around the edge. Whether in Chicago on North Lake Shore Drive, or on South Lake Shore drive, or along streets like Sheridan Rd., as you go further north from the city limits. There are a lot of beaches along Chicago's Lakefront and some are certainly nicer than others. I always liked Oak... More 

Thank Allen21096
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
178 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Since I see the lake almost every day, I'm amazed at how it never stays the same. The clouds, the waves, the mood of the body of water changes frequently. If you enjoy being beside water, then you'll be very satisfied.

Thank Terence B
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Level Contributor
62 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Had one dinner booked on an amazing boat. Even if it was raining, the views are spectacular. The city opens up as you space out of it. Amazing city lights and beautifully distributed buildings. The tour took two hours and it was excellent. Make sure to spend some time on top deck of the boat, the views are breathtaking.

Thank oanavladOV
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level Contributor
67 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

It would difficult to capture experiences through words you would have there, lot to see lot to eat. If you enjoy sea food goto bubbagump. Also try boat ride in night.. Keep traveling !

Thank Sanjay_toTravel
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

When we first got to the lake, we were so surprised how big it was and to see so many people of different nationalities,,all enjoying this beautiful lake.people had Yachts, jet skis, paddle boarding, and just swimming..people were doing sand castles, burying family members in the sand,,,if you like the outdoors,this is the place for a family with kids.it was... More 

Thank kyrudolph
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
313 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

What can you say...It is hard to believe that Lakes can be this big. An amazing sight to behold. Really, there are oceans that aren't this big. I loved seeing the ships, yachts, and the boats.

Thank glhenry

Been to Lake Michigan? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Lake Michigan and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Lake Michigan staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?