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Lake Michigan, Illinois

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#1 of 78 in Nature in Illinois
More like an inland sea than a lake, Lake Michigan boasts a shoreline 2,600 km (1,600 mi) long, making it the fifth largest lake in the world. Nearly 12 million people live along the lake's shores, most of them in the metropolitan areas of Chicago and Milwaukee. You can explore a seemingly endless network of beaches, orchards, historical sites, award-wining wineries, parks, camping areas, and recreational resorts located along the shoreline, or choose to see the giant lake from the comfort of a traditional schooner or modern tour boat. For an urban experience on the lake, explore Chicago's 15 beachfront areas and marinas. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Illinois holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Lake Michigan and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • A five kilometer stretch of fine beach sprawls on lake Michigan about 125 km from Schaumburg, Chicago, Illinois. This is Indiana Dune in the state of Indiana, USA. In fact, the lake Michigan is so eno...  more »
  • Lake Michigan is not just any lake. It’s really big. You can’t see across it, and it’s often full of sailboats, speed boats, and sightseeing boats. The length of Lake Michigan is public property, ther...  more »
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