Note: Chicago beaches will reopen on May 28
Of the many things to love about summer in Chicago, the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan are among the most treasured parts of the season. With 28 miles of freshwater shoreline, the city's east end offers countless opportunities for sunbathing, swimming and recreating—from kitesurfing at Montrose Beach to hiking among the dune-covered nature preserve near the South Shore Cultural Center. Plus, some of the best outdoor bars in Chicago set up shop along the beach for gorgeous waterfront vistas, so feel free to grab a margarita or a cold beer after you finish up your day in the sunshine. We might only get about four months a year to bask in these incredible Chicago attractions, but the best Chicago beaches are here to help you make the most out of the city's glorious warm weather.
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