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Best Nighttime Strolls In Chicago

Chicago is one of the best cities to take a nighttime stroll. The variety of locations is great, from quiet, serene strolls to strolls full of energy and life. There are many places to take a nighttime stroll in Chicago, but here are the five best locations.

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Lincoln Park
500-5700 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 742-7726

Lincoln Park encompasses 1200 acres on the lakefront and is one of the most valuable pieces of landscape in Chicago for a reason. The lush grounds and historical sites are some of the best in Chicago. Start at the Chicago History Museum and take the path north towards South Pond where a waterfront boardwalk will bestow a feeling of peace and harmony. The bridge offers the perfect opportunity to stop and gaze at the magnificent Chicago skyline. Continue heading north, and Lincoln Park Zoo will come into view. The zoo offers free admission, and if strolling in the early evening, a walk through Lincoln Park Zoo is an excellent stop off point from the path.

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-8215

The grounds of the Chicago Botanic Garden can be simply stated as magnificent. Strolling through the garden in the evening is a must in Chicago. There are 26 gardens and four nature areas to explore; a must see is the famous Bonsai Collection. The 385 acres will allow for a lifetime of nighttime strolls, and each stroll will be a new discovery experience in nature. The Chicago Botanic Garden offers free admission, but parking rates do apply.

The Lakefront Trail
5800 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660

The 18 miles of paved path alongside Lake Michigan is a nighttime stroll to experience in Chicago. The Chicago skyline is a sight to see in itself, but added outdoor beauty includes nature sanctuaries, gardens and beaches. Beautiful harbors can also be seen along the way, along with recreational areas. The city-scape is in abundance along the Lakefront Trail in Chicago.

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Chicago River Walk
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Chicago Riverwalk
E. Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 742-7529

Activities and energy abound along Chicago Riverwalk. There are live musicians performing along the riverwalk and special events such as art shows. The river and architecture are a sight to see when nighttime strolling in Chicago. The abundance of restaurants around the Chicago Riverwalk area makes it a perfect area to take a break and get a bite to eat or a refreshing drink. The city lights are also spectacular to see and make for memories to last a lifetime.

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-7437

A nighttime stroll at Navy Pier will stir the senses; the area is alive with energy and excitement. Navy Pier offers an excellent and safe place to walk while also viewing beautiful gardens, parks, a variety of shops, restaurants and of course Lake Michigan. There are always activities and events happening at Navy Pier; the website offers a calendar of events.

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Michelle Guilbeau is a writer, reviewer, teacher and business owner. She is also proud founder of, and Michelle enjoys sharing her knowledge of cities, food, travel, education and parenting issues with her readers. Her work can be found on


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