Where to Go, What to Know
Travel staffer Christina Talcott visited the beaches in Chicago. Here is her reporter's notebook.
Fly into O'Hare and take the Blue Line train to the Loop, where you can transfer to any other line. You can also take a cab or the Airport Express ($27 one way) to your hotel -- or straight to the beach. Buses run from downtown to the 57th Street Beach.
WHERE TO STAY
Check Hotwire.com, Priceline.com and Hotels.com for lodging; look at the El and bus map at http:/
WHERE TO EAT
Chicago is full of incredible restaurants, whether authentic eateries in ethnic neighborhoods or experimental haute cookery at famous kitchens. The hot dog, pizza and Mexican food routes are fail-safe, too. At most beaches, you'll find chicken wings, nachos, sodas and other snacks.
A couple of beach-side restaurants: North Avenue Beach's Castaways Bar & Grill (1603 N. Lake Shore Dr., 773-281-1200, http:/
WHAT TO DO
Here is a list of hot spots near the beaches:
Museum of Science and Industry:57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, 773-684-1414, http:/
Adler Planetarium:1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-922-7827, http:/
Field Museum:1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-922-9410, http:/
John G. Shedd Aquarium:1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-939-2438, http:/
Chicago Children's Museum:700 E. Grand Ave. on Navy Pier, 312-527-1000, http:/
Museum of Contemporary Art:220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660, http:/
Lincoln Park Zoo:2001 N. Clark St., 312-742-2000, http:/
For more on beaches, including any water quality advisories, call the Chicago Park District at 312-742-3224 or visit http:/