Is this… sunshine outside? Is summer truly around the corner? When the answer is “Yep, seems like it,” there’s only one question left to ask: Which beach should I visit first? We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite sandy shores, some of which are in the city proper, with other winners a short drive away in Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. So get your sunnies and read on for the best beaches in and near Chicago. Spoiler alert: It turns out all the lakes around here are pretty great.
Editor’s note: Please remember to follow all social distancing guidelines and to check that beaches are currently open before visiting.