Illinois celebrated its bicentennial as a state in December of 2018. To celebrate, the Chicago Tribune published the Bicentennial Bucket List: 200 Things To Do In Illinois, celebrating the best the state has to offer in history, food, architecture, culture, sports, nature, drink, and oddities. With the state still shut down due to the corona virus outbreak, I figured this was the second-best time to look through this collection and cover the ones I’ve done/eaten/seen.
We continue things this week with one of the entries from the Nature category: Lake Michigan, from Chicago, IL.
You didn’t think we’d forget about this freshwater ocean at Chicago’s front door, did you? Don’t just look at it. Get in it. And on it. Departing from Navy Pier, Shoreline Sightseeing’s Classic Lake Tour is a 40-minute nautical jaunt along 6 miles of the Third Coast. From the water, you get a better appreciation for the city’s skyline, a human-made mountain range.
It’s hard to document my experiences visiting Chicago’s lakefront. I’ve taken the occasional lunch cruise as part of work outings. I’ve spent a little time on the beach, most notably for a mid-80s television competition between the Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks. The picture above is from the museum campus, over by the Adler Planetarium.
If anything, I wish I could spend more time down by the lake. Living far out in suburbia doesn’t make it easy, though.