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10 Secret Beaches in Europe to Add to Your Bucket List
From Italy to Greece, France to Croatia, these secluded beaches in Europe offer all of the beautiful views and none of the crowds.Sure, Europe has history, art, and a myriad of cultures packed into one easy-to-navigate continent, but if you're going during summer, you also need to know about its beaches. Fringing the top half of the Mediterranean Sea, there's everything on offer here, from thick, diggable sand to dramatic cliffs, teeny coves to deserted island coastlines. They're not all busy, either. Here are 10 of Europe's loveliest beaches that you can make your own.
Is this… sunshine outside? Is summer truly around the corner? When the answer is “Yep, seems like it,” there’s only one question left to ask: Which beach should I visit first? We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite sandy shores, some of which are in the city proper, with other winners a short drive away in Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. So get your sunnies and read on for the best beaches in and near Chicago. Spoiler alert: It turns out all the lakes around here are pretty great.
Editor’s note: Please remember to follow all social distancing guidelines and to check that beaches are currently open before visiting.
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With air travel increasing around the U.S., some are questioning if it's safe to travel once vaccinated. Dr. Susannah Hills spoke with Anne-Marie Green and Vladimir Duthiers on CBSN about what to know before you travel abroad and how the pandemic may progress based on new data from the World Health Organization.
1. Osterman Beach on Hollywood Ave and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
If you like the hustle and bustle of a busy beach day, you probably already know that Oak Street Beach and North Avenue Beach are the places for you—no judgment here! But if you’re looking for a beach that’s still a place to see and be seen, yet with a more peaceful vibe, check out Edgewater’s Kathy Osterman Beach (also referred to Hollywood Beach). There, you’ll find both a festive sense of community and plenty of room to recline on the sand.
2. Margaret T. Burroughs Beach on 3100 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago
These are Europe's most beautiful castles
Europe is peppered with incredible castles, spanning a variety of eras and architectural styles. From Sleeping Beauty's castle come to life in Germany to a spooky Dracula castle in Romania, these structures are filled with mystery and myth, and have captured people's attention for centuries. Hidden in mountains, perched on hillsides and nestled on lakes, these are the best castles in Europe.
Your beach selfies can’t get a better backdrop than Margaret T. Burroughs Beach, where you can take your pick of skyline views, the blue waves of Lake Michigan, or—if your selfie game is really strong—both at once. Named for the founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History (among her many other accomplishments), this beach is a leisurely stroll away from other picturesque places, such as the McCormick Place Bird Sanctuary (about a 20-minute walk to the north) and the sculptural La Ronda Parakata Gathering Space about 15 minutes to the south.
3. Indiana Dunes in Porter, IN (50 minutes from Chicago)
Ready for a different slice of Lake Michigan? Scoot over to the east to Indiana Dunes National Park, where the water may be the same, but the surroundings are decidedly different than what we get in the city: the park’s namesake dunes bring dramatic height to the shoreline. (See if you can handle the, featuring the tallest peaks.) More in the mood to lounge in a sunbeam? There’s plenty of room to do that on the beach, whether you’re sunbathing or fishing for smelt.
The 10 Best Beaches Near San Francisco (Because It Feels So Good to Get Out)
There’s nothing better than taking a short trip outside the city to get a good dose of sun and sand. Check out 10 of the best beaches near San Francisco…including a few you might not have discovered yet.
4. Oval Beach in Saugatuck, MI (2.25 hours from Chicago)
We’re not here to argue with Conde Nast Traveler, which named Saugatuck, Michigan’s Oval Beach one of thein 2015. Here, you’ll find there’s still plenty of dune buggy-riding action to be had, if that’s your thing, as well as ample soft sand to toss your beach blanket upon. Want to travel across the water and back in time all at once? Treat yourself to a ride on , which glides riders over the waves with help from a chain-and-pulley system—the last of its kind in America.
5. Delavan Lake in Delavan, WI (1.75 hours from Chicago)
We’ve already sung the praises of Delavan, awith a surprising circus history—but we’d be remiss not to mention its lake of the same name. Get your fill of sunning and swimming at Lake Lawn Beach (or see if you can score entry to one of the private beaches scattered around the shore). While you’re in the area, swing by the lakeside Johnson House and Fred Jones House, because let’s face it: you can leave Chicago anytime you like, but you can never leave Frank Lloyd Wright structures behind.
Every Country Open to Vaccinated Travelers—and Why You Should Go
Conor Rees/Unsplash Note: We know COVID-19 is continuing to impact your travel plans. As of April 2021, official guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention states that fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk, though safety precautions are still required. Should you need to travel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the CDC's latest guidance as well as local requirements/protocols/restrictions for both your destination and home city upon your return. Be safe out there. After more than a year with little-to-no travel, we can practically hear our suitcases calling out our names, begging us to dust them off and take them on a trip ride.
6. Bradford Beach in Milwaukee, WI (1.5 hours from Chicago)
Fans of bustling urban beaches, this one’s for you. Bring your volleyball to this favorite Milwaukee spot, but be careful with your serve—you don’t want to knock anybody’s drink over at the beach’s. If you’re in the mood for something more unexpected, pack your wetsuit: Bradford Beach is also a popular surfing spot. (Surfing on Lake Michigan? We were surprised, too.)
7. Lake Geneva in Lake Geneva, WI (1.5 hours from Chicago)
Whether you’re in Lake Geneva, WI for the first or the fortieth time, it can be difficult to tear your eyes away from the palatial lakeshore homes and remember that oh, yeah, there’s a lake there. Our favorite spot to enjoy the waves (and a little bit of forest while we’re at it): Big Foot Beach State Park, which boasts sandy beaches, wooded walking trails, and campsites for rent, just in case you’re that outdoorsy.
Stake out a sandy spot in Culver Park on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee, the second-largest natural lake in Indiana. Rent a kayak and paddle along the shore to the east, where the stately buildings of Culver Academy loom over the lake, and then return to your beach blanket to enjoy a frosty root beer float from, whose charming neon signage shines from just across the street.
This Puts You at Risk for 10 Cancers, Says New Study
According to a study being presented at The European Congress on Obesity (ECO) obesity is influential in the development of cancer. Over 437,000 adults in the UK were part of the large study, which found that however you measure obesity—larger waist and hip measurement or body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentage—it is associated with an increased risk of the big C. The researchers utilized data from the UK Biobank prospective cohort study consisting of 54 percent women with an average age of 56, all of who were cancer free.
9. Illinois Beach State Park in Zion, IL (1 hour from Chicago)
Pop on up to the Wisconsin border to enjoy Illinois Beach State Park, where the beaches themselves may be on the rockier side in spots, but the views are well worth the short trip from Chicago: imagine wildflowers galore, prickly pear cactus in the wild, and more opportunities for Lake Michigan fishing. Just as important: Don’t forget that the Mars Cheese Castle on I-94 is just a 25-minute drive to the north, and well worth the extra time to stock up on fresh, squeaky cheese curds, not to mention the precious suds of New Glarus beer, sold in Wisconsin only.
10. Devil’s Lake in Baraboo, WI (3 hours from Chicago)
Devil’s Lake State Park is Wisconsin’s most popular state park—and, you guessed it, there’s a lake there. Take your pick between the north and south beaches (or the smaller, pet-friendly beach at the southwest side), and prepare to be gobsmacked by the scenery everywhere you turn. Part of the Ice Age Trail, Devil’s Lake State Park is home to towering rock formations and lush, diverse plant life. Everywhere you look is a stunner.
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