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Lake Michigan

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Address: IL
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Chicago sits on the shore of this Great Lake.

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I had so much fun even though it was 730 pm. Enjoyed some daylight and some night time view with the city lights. This lake was huge made me feel like I was at a beach. It is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
la c
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I had so much fun even though it was 730 pm. Enjoyed some daylight and some night time view with the city lights. This lake was huge made me feel like I was at a beach. It is great for the kids to have fun and for people that are not good swimmers like me. The only thing I didn't... More 

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Benson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

I grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan but I am still awestruck every time I see it. I have also lived on the Pacific Coast and the Gulf Coast and when looking at Lake Michigan I have to remind myself that I am looking at a lake and not the ocean because the water stretches to the horizon.... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

EXXXtra cold!!!! Nice atmosphere at the beaches in summer and also lovely walks by the lake front (there are some special and unique spots to have some drinks and eat or just see the boats and enjoy the night).

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016 via mobile

A must visit check point while you are in Wilconsin . The magnificent view for the coastline just calm and peace your soul surrounded by sky scrapper around.

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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.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 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.

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Union, New Jersey
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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.

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Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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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 

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Chicago, Illinois
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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 

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Chicago, Illinois
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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.

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