Secret Chicago Shore

Venture beyond the city limits for dining, shopping, cultural events, and―no kidding―fabulous beaches.

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Bob Stefko

Northern Exposure

A town of 28,000 people, Wilmette sits among a string of communities that hug a nearly 35-mile stretch of Lake Michigan. From the university town of Evanston to Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, the North Shore embraces some two-dozen beaches and waterfront parks, which draw hordes of swimmers, sailors, volleyball players, and beachcombers each season

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20 Beautiful Beach Cottages

From polished and sophisticated to rustic and casual, browse through this roundup of beach cottages to find your favorite coastal style.

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