Top Things to Do Along Chicago's North Shore
Bordering Chicago along Lake Michigan, the communities of the North Shore seem farther from the bustle of downtown, thanks to abundant green spaces, including the Chicago Botanic Garden.
What to do
Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park features large-scale contemporary works in a beautiful setting.
The Green Bay Trail between Winnetka and Highland Park runs parallel to the Metra commuter rail line, taking cyclists and walkers on a route flanked by restaurants, shops, parks and lovely older homes.
Relax in the sand and water at North Shore beaches, including those in Evanston, Glencoe and Winnetka.
Marvel at the Bahá'í House of Worship in Wilmette, an architectural wonder that welcomes all for meditation.
See Evanston's Grosse Point Lighthouse from the Lighthouse Beach.
Lose yourself in the 385 acres (about 290 football fields) of gardens and natural areas at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
Let kids play the role of doctor, automobile designer or veterinarian at Kohl Children's Museum in Glenview.
See holograms of survivors telling their stories at Skokie's Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
Where to eat
At Hewn in Evanston, taste artisan breads fermented with wild yeast for richer flavors. Buy a loaf, or try the pastries and sandwiches.
Eat a famous Hackneyburger (a half-pound beef patty) on dark rye at Hackney's on Harms, a Glenview institution since 1939.
Grilled octopus, lamb-and-beef gyros and egg-lemon soup highlight the Greek fare at Avli in Winnetka. Pair your dish with one of 130 Greek wines.
Where to stay
You'll find reliable national-branded properties throughout the North Shore such as Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago North Shore/Skokie, Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston and Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston.
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