The Best Things to See and Do Along Chicago's Lakefront

  • Enjoy lunch or dinner (and maybe a show) at The Lakefront Restaurant at Fullerton

  • Grab your morning coffee from the Heritage Coffee Truck (right by The Lakefront Restaurant)

  • Go to Jazzin\' at The Shedd on Wednesday nights and enjoy the fireworks after from the terrace

  • Feel like your on vacation and get a beachy drink from the Shore Club

  • Enjoy a picnic on the grass at Fullerton and the lake or in Olive Park (amazing views of the city)

  • Listen to live music at The Waterfront Cafè in Edgewater

  • Watch the fireworks on Wednesday and Saturdays nights at 9:30 pm at Navy Pier

  • Take your dog to Montrose Dog Beach (it\'s huge and fenced in!)

  • Party like your in college at Castaways at North Ave Beach

  • Catch a movie in the Park at Polk Bros Park (Navy Pier)

  • Have lunch at The Dock at Montrose Beach

  • Get your tan on and plan a beach day with a group of friends

  • Try paddle-boarding on the lake

  • Enjoy a long bike ride or walk the lakefront 

  • Rock in the rocking chairs as you enjoy the view of the lake at The W Hotel Lakeshore

  • Take classes and learn how to sail

  • Or watch the boats sail from Belmont Harbor

  • Rent a boat or enjoy a scenic boat ride from Navy Pier (check the Goldstar app for discounts)

  • Get up early and run on the beach

  • Start your day with yoga on the beach

  • Take photos of the skyline and walk around the lake at the Museum Campus

  • Watch a concert at Northerly Island

  • Play golf at the South Shore Golf Course

  • Have cocktails and listen to live music at Pier 31 (31st Street Beach)

  • Rent jet skis with your friends at North Avenue Be

  • Take the Chicago Helicopter Tour and see the lake and the skyline from above

  • Enjoy a BBQ with friendss at Promontory Point

  • Join a team and play beach volleyball at North Avenue Beach

  • Hang out in the beer garden at Navy Pier or get a scoop of Chicago famous rainbow ice cream

  • Eat yummy seafood at Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier

  • Or head down to Hyde Park and enjoy a seafood buffet at the Lake Shore Cafe

  • Take a scenic drive on Lake Shore Drive from downtown up to Wilmette 

  • Walk around and explore Jackson Park 

This checklist was created by ggc

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