My top favorite Chicago beaches

Top 3 Beaches In Chicago

After living and breathing the city, these are the must-see beaches.

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While summer is almost coming to an end, I had the chance to visit many beaches this past summer. All of Chicago's beaches are different from each other so decided to rank my top three Chicago beaches:

1. Oak Street Beach 

This beach is nestled in the Gold Coast neighborhood and is very close to all Chicago has to offer which is why I ranked Oak Street Beach as my favorite. Across busy Lakeshore Drive nestles the northern tip of the Magnificent Mile. From here you can see the John Hancock towering high in the sky and the skyline is so close to this beach that it offers breathtaking views of the city. The best time to get some amazing snapshots of this beach is at night. This beach is also close enough to walk to Navy Pier and Ohio Street Beach.

2. Kathy Osterman Beach 

Also referred to as Hollywood Beach, Kathy Osterman Beach is located in the Edgewater neighborhood. This beach is a true gem, and is away from downtown Chicago which makes this beach more relaxing and calming. Despite being far away from downtown, high rise condos and apartments tower over this beach still making for somewhat of an urban environment. I have ran and spent time here at this beach and enjoy how the beach is not that crowded compared to others closer to the downtown area. Another aspect I enjoy about this beach is that it is very close to the red line. The Bryn Mawr train stop is a 10 minute walk to the beach.

3. North Avenue Beach

Situated in Lincoln Park, this beach is one of the most recognized in Chicago. I give this beach a high ranking because this beach is large. There is plenty of room to hang out and have fun. I also love this beach because it's not quite downtown Chicago, but not too far away from it. Plus, there's tons of volleyball nets and the Lincoln Park Zoo is just a short walk down the street when you're done in the sun.

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30 Places Every Millennial Girl Needs To Travel To BEFORE She Turns 30

Live your best life, all around the world.
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I am a travel enthusiast. There is nowhere I do not want to go.

Traveling the world is one of my biggest goals in life and I am determined to make it happen. The world is so big and I would love to see every inch of it at some point or another.

However, if I can travel to these 30 places before I turn 30, I will feel as though I have accomplished more than enough.

1. New York City, New York

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

3. Grand Canyon, Arizona

4. Las Vegas, Nevada

5. San Francisco, California

6. Los Angeles, California

7. Nashville, Tennessee

8. Honolulu, Hawaii

9. Walt Disney World, Florida

10. Chicago, Illinois

11. Nassau, Bahamas

12. Cozumel, Mexico

13. Cancún, Mexico

14. Bridgetown, Barbados

15. Basseterre, St. Kitts

16. Philipsburg, St. Maarten

17. Montego Bay, Jamacia

18. Christiansted, St. Croix

19. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

20. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

21. Tortola Baths, Tortola

22. San Juan, Puerto Rico

23. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

24. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

25. Oranjestad, Aruba

26. Mykonos, Greece

27. London, England

28. Paris, France

29. Barcelona, Spain

30. Rome, Italy

Okay, so these are 30 places I want to go out of like, a million. I have traveled to some of these places and would not hesitate one second to go back.

Every new place is like a new adventure, and traveling will forever be so exciting and intruiging to me.

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8 Things You Should Take Abroad That Nobody Told You About

You won't find these ideas on other packing lists.

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Studying abroad is the opportunity of a lifetime, but I know firsthand how hard it can be to decide what to pack! That's why I want to share 8 things I took abroad that you won't find on other packing lists!

1. A framed photograph

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Frame a photo of your favorite people and put it in your suitcase. When you arrive in your host country, place the photo somewhere in your room. It will be a sweet but subtle reminder of home and will make your space abroad feel more personalized!

2. Your favorite dressing

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If you eat ranch with every meal then you should probably pack a bottle in your checked bag. There's not much chance of finding ranch or Chick-fil-A sauce outside of the U.S. Consider this your warning!

3. A microfiber towel

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You never know when a hostel is going to charge you extra to rent a towel. Why not take a microfiber towel instead? They're lightweight, fast drying, and compact, making them perfect for weekend trips abroad.

4. Reusable grocery bags

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Lots of stores overseas don't provide free single-use bags at checkout. You may be able to purchase them for an additional fee, but it's better to be on the safe and environmentally friendly side. Pack a few reusable grocery bags and take them with you when you go shopping!

5. Multiple outlet adapters

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Sometimes you need to charge your phone and blow dry your hair at the same time, you know? It's just not realistic to take only one world adapter abroad. Buy one and borrow one or two more from friends who have traveled abroad before!

6. Some bottle protectors

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You're going to want to bring a bottle of wine or an aged vinaigrette back to the States. Take a few bottle protectors to protect your glass bottles from breaking during travel.

7. A travel backpack or purse

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Travel backpacks and purses are designed to dissuade pickpockets from snatching travelers' personal items. With so many styles and sizes to choose from, you're bound to find at least one travel bag that fits perfectly!

8. An international phone plan with data

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Save yourself the headache of trying to set up a phone plan overseas by purchasing an international plan from your stateside service provider. Trust me, you will need data to translate menus, book train tickets, and GPS your way back to your apartment.

No matter what ups and downs you face as you embark on this journey, know that studying abroad will be 1000% worth the effort in the end! Happy travels!

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