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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Top 21 Beaches, Coast to Coast

Plan your summer getaway now: From white strands to secret coves, we've found the ultimate spots by the shore, plus fabulous lodging so you can stay as long as you like.

The Cove Beach, Cape May, New Jersey