Chicago is a bustling city with thousands of activities and attractions for singles, couples and families alike. From food to arts to festivals and more – the Windy City has a little something for everyone.

Planning a trip to Chicago? Your trip would not be complete without a visit to Lakeshore Drive. Arguably one of the most visually stimulating stretches of roadway in the nation, Lakeshore Drive is truly one of a kind. Whether you’re planning to visit by taxi, boat or bicycle, we’ve got you covered.

Lakeshore Drive at Night has compiled the following Quick Guide to Chicago’s Lakeshore Drive:

Beaches of Lake Michigan

Cool breezes off Lake Michigan make Summer the perfect time of year to visit the Windy City. From Friday, May 22, to Monday, September 7, the beaches on Lake Michigan are open and ready for visitors. Lakeshore Drive borders Lake Michigan and the Lakefront Trail is its companion throughout the majority of its length. Rent a bike, rollerblade with a partner or bask on the shores of Lake Michigan, the only Great Lake wholly within the borders of United States. Don’t miss the fireworks!

The Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

Navy Pier, ChicagoAn iconic American landmark and popular tourist destination, Navy Pier is filled with fun things to do and see. It is even home to a popular Children’s Museum! One of its most notable designations, however, is the picturesque Navy Pier Ferris Wheel that stretches more than 150 feet in the air before dipping over the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Museum of Science and Industry

Here’s an activity the whole family can enjoy! The Museum of Science and Industry is a sprawling, hands-on museum full of informative, child-friendly scientific and industrial exhibits. While you are there, be sure to take a tour of a German Submarine or enjoy an educational film in the Omnimax Theater.

Architectural Boat Tour

Chicago RiverHop aboard one of many daily cruises on Lake Michigan! Our team invites you to explore the birthplace of the skyscraper through Chicago Line’s 90-minute architectural boat tour. From the Ferris Wheel at the Navy Pier to the Chicago Tribune Tower to the Willis Tower, you will have the opportunity to capture some of the iconic images that make Chicago what it is today.

Soldier Field

An American landmark, Soldier Field is an American football stadium on the Near South Side of Chicago. Opened in 1924, it is the oldest NFL stadium, celebrating 90 years of operation. For sports enthusiasts especially, a visit to Soldier Field is a must during your trip to the Windy City!

Lincoln Park

Skyline of Chicago from Northside looking south towards the citySituated on both sides of Lake Shore Drive, its 1,200 acres are home to Lincoln Park Zoo, beaches, a golf course, soccer fields, bird sanctuaries, a nature museum and more. Bringing the kids? Be sure to explore one of the five playgrounds positioned within Lincoln Park!

What’s your favorite thing to do or see on Lakeshore Drive in Chicago? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Share your ideas in the comments below!


Quick Guide to Lakeshore Drive, Chicago