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World's Top Waterfront Cities

Chicago, Illinois

Courtesy of Project for Public Spaces

Chicago

What PPS Says: On a typical day one can see crowds of people swimming, walking, biking, playing chess at path-side tables, buying food and drinks from vendors, relaxing on rented beach chairs (with umbrellas), or having a meal at an outdoor restaurant overlooking a Little League game.

What We Like: Millennium Park may be Chicago’s new focal point, but passing through the acclaimed landmark park is a waterfront path that stretches more than 18 miles. Lake Michigan’s shoreline paths and parks snake past glass-sheathed high-rise condos and low-rise ethnic neighborhoods. From Navy Pier, with 50 acres of attractions, up to North Avenue Beach or down to Jackson Park Beach (both full-blown urban beach scenes), the well-used linear park unites the proudly diverse city.

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