Things to Do in Chicago by Matt Barrett

Things to Do in Chicago by Matt Barrett, Chicago, Illinois (B)

When I arrive in a new city the first thing I like to do is explore my neighborhood. Staying at the Ambassador East gave me plenty to explore. My first objective was to see the lake. I walked down Goethe street to find that in order to cross Lake Shore Drive I had to walk several blocks south to a tunnel that passed under the highway and came out right by Oak Street Beach. For those of us who pine every year we are away from the clear blue waters of the Aegean, Lake Michigan on a sunny summer day looks surprisingly similar, not only from the air but even up close. It smells different of course because it is fresh water, not salt water, but it looks just as clean and clear as some of my favorite beaches in Greece. In the summer the activity level on the shore of the lake is electrifying. Besides the hundreds of people in the sand and sea there is an army of walkers, runners, joggers, bikers, rickshawers, wheelchairers, using the paved pedestrian avenue that hugs the shore and connects the beaches, parks and green areas. If you enjoy walking then Chicago in the summer is a paradise. Actually if you don't enjoy walking and would rather sit on the beach and drink beer and watch girls it is a paradise too. And as I stood in the water and looked at the tall buildings that lined the coast I wondered how cool it would have been to have grown up here. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Things to Do in Chicago by Matt Barrett
Guide Location: USA » Chicago
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Matt Barrett
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Oak Street Beach
  • Navy Pier
  • Millenium Park
  • Cloud Gate
  • Crown Fountain
  • Lurie Garden
  • McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink
  • BP Pedestrian Bridge
  • Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance
  • McDonald's Cycle Center
  • Chicago's Museum Campus
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Field Museum of Natural History
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Soldier Field
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Wrigley Field
  • Willis Tower
  • Division Street Farmers Market

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