Walk This Way... Lakeside
In the darkest depths of winter, the thought of a stroll along Lake Michigan is about as appealing as a slap in the face. Come spring, however, when the ice abates and the mornings grow milder, Chicago’s shoreline is truly one of the most majestic spots in the city, with stunning skyline and vast water views. So, what are you waiting for? Make like a local and get Lakeside!
Start your day with a calorie-loaded slice of French toast at Batter & Berries (the nutty crumble with peanut butter sauce is utterly sinful), before ambling southeast down N Lincoln Ave and dipping left along W Belden Ave, until you hit green sprawl Lincoln Park. Wend your way southwards through the park – if you’ve got tots in tow, nip into the Lincoln Park Zoo for sloths, snow leopards, seals and more – otherwise continue until you reach the shore for pic-perfect panoramas of Downtown.
That’s quite enough walking for one day! Grab a quick cab down to Chicago Segway Tours for a scenic, electro-powered whizz along the water, before moseying into the marvellous Millennium Park to ogle Gehry’s Pritzker Music Pavilion (be sure to check the line-up for later) Anish Kapoor’s reflective Cloud Gate (aka The Bean), and Jaume Plensa’s witty Crown Fountain.
Finally, finish your jaunt with a panini or seafood pasta on the sidewalk patio of tasty Tuscan treat Coco Pazzo Cafe. Phew, haven’t you done well?!
Batter & Berries / 2748 N Lincoln Ave / +1 773 248 7710 / 8am-3pm daily
Lincoln Park Zoo / N Cannon Dr & W Fullerton Pkwy / +1 312 742 2000 / 10am-5pm daily / lpzoo.org
Chicago Segway Tours / 505 N Lake Shore Dr / +1 312 890 3701 / daily / 2-2.5 hr tours avail at 8.30am, 11.10am, 2.10pm & 5.10pm / book ahead online / chicagosegwaytour.com
Millennium Park / 201 E Randolph St / 6am-11pm daily / cityofchicago.org
Coco Pazzo Cafe / 636 N St Clair St / +1 312 664 2777 / 11.30am-10.30pm Mon-Thu, 11.30am-11pm Fri-Sat, 11.30am-10pm Sun / cocopazzochicago.comPhotos © Twenty Two North Photography, Jim & Jayne, Bob Davidson / Flickr