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Tour Chicago from its main aquatic artery on a Chicago Line Architectural Cruise, taking in the sights in the birthplace of skyscrapers aboard a luxurious floating tour vessel. Starting at the North Side's Ogden Slip, guests are taken on a two hour informational tour of the city's prominent skyscrapers, bridges, and cultural history. The tour is great for tourists of any age, and comes with complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and small baked goods.
Grab a friend, rent a bike or in-line skates and sweat your way though Chicago. You may trek the 18-mile (28.9 kilometer) lakefront or choose any of the other scenic bike paths. Mountain bikes, kids bikes and quadricycles available. Bike Chicago has three other locations at these popular tourist spots: Oak Street Beach, Lincoln Park Zoo and Buckingham Fountain, and you may pick up your bike or skates at one location and drop them off at another.
If the Love Boat ever docked on Lake Michigan's shores, it would look a lot like the Odyssey Cruise Line. While you will not find Captain Stubing or Gopher from the television show on board, you will find one of the city's most romantic cruise ships. The four-deck ship, with its sleek white sides and black tinted windows, is easily spotted from shore. The two or three-hour cruises usually include fine dining complete with a four-course meal. Entertainment varies and features a mixture of fine classic jazz, piano or contemporary music.
As the old real estate adage goes, the most important thing is location, location and location. Perhaps this is why this small beach attracts large crowds. Its proximity to Navy Pier, hotels and the posh Lake Point Towers keeps it a popular summer spot. The beach is also popular with triathletes looking to train for the aquatic portion of the race. Beware, the beach does not have bathrooms or a field house.
The Chase Promenade is a splendid pedestrian walkway that stretches across Millennium Park between Monroe and Randolph Streets. Formerly known as the Bank One Promenade, this walkway is a popular venue for festivals, fairs, exhibitions and other popular events. The promenade can be divided into three separate sections that are available for private hire as well. Laid-out beneath the cool shade of close to 200 trees, with permanent tent anchors along the way, Chase Promenade is a popular choice for outdoor events throughout the year.
While many Chicago cruise lines are corporately owned and designed with lavish amenities like on-board meals and in-house DJs, this cruise line offers a refreshingly simple, non-corporate and decidedly "unslick" presentation. Family-owned since 1935, the captain and narrator offer interesting tidbits on the city with dry one-liners. These low-key and no-frills cruises are an entertaining alternative to their competitors. Several different tours are available, and the boats offer partial cover. Cash only.
Northwestern University, located on the shore of Lake Michigan, has cultivated excellent reputations for both athletics and education. Founded in 1851, the school was created to teach people who then lived in the Northwestern states, such as Ohio and Michigan. The college frequently ranks in the top 20 schools in the country for academics and the Northwestern Wildcats participate in the NCAA's Big Ten Conference. The school has a beautiful campus and the university offers tours. The University also has a secondary campus in downtown Chicago.
With access points to Navy Pier, Buckingham Fountain, and various museums, its no wonder that this paved two-lane attraction draws countless outdoor enthusiasts, tourists, and sunbathers, basking in the natural beauty of Lake Michigan. Whether its a stroll along the shoreline or simply just enjoying the view, Chicago's Lakefront Path is the city's international icon to the world.