Secret Chicago Shore

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

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Bob Stefko

Musical Nights

In summer, local talent puts on free performances in the open-air Starlight Theatre at lakefront Gillson Park in Wilmette. On this particular evening, there’s a tuneful production of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, the stage set depicting a 1920s liner. With Lake Michican lapping nearby and Gillson Sailing Beach on the other sides of the trees, audience imagination quickly hops aboard.

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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