What could be better than a dip in Lake Michigan after a strenuous tour of the city! It seems as big as an ocean – you can’t see the opposite side, although it does have the advantage of not leaving you salty after a swim. There are various sandy beaches along the shores, such as Oak Street Beach, Ohio Street Beach and North Avenue Beach. Oak Street Beach is quite quiet, and has a lovely bistro (Beachstro). North Avenue Beach is always buzzing with sun-worshippers among the volleyball courts, improvised dodgeball courts and Frisbee players. In summer, the beach house – which looks just like an old steamship – is THE place to party. Ohio Street Beach is in a central location, near Navy Pier.