Top Three Springtime Sights To See Along Chicago Lakefront


Aerial View of the Chicago Lakefront + Paths


Chicago in the spring is a magical time of year when mother nature shakes off her winter slumber and shines a little warmer in the windy city. The famous tulips lining the Mag Mile start to bud, the days start to get longer, and the city truly starts to come to life again with locals and visitors alike navigating the Chicago sidewalks and taking in some long-awaited vitamin D.

So we’ve put together a one-stop “spring on the lakefront” guide to seeing, doing and navigating everything along the north end of the sprawling waterfront paths. So pack your comfiest of walking shoes, get that camera charged up & ready to snap some vacation memories. And if your travel plans allow it — bring along your family fur-baby, because not only do we have a gourmet pet room service menu at the Loews Chicago hotel but a slew of pet-friendly amenities to enjoy while in town.

Depending on your interests and schedule for the day we recommend walking North along the path as a good starting point. This would require a half-day of your time or if you’re looking to spend more of your schedule at the attractions along the way – a full day works best.


North of Grand Avenue

(Grand Ave. is an east/west running street and is essentially the center of the city – a great starting point near the hotel)

The John Hancock Tower and Skyline

As you head north along the path, this is a great opportunity to take in a closer up view of some of Chicago iconic skyscrapers, like the John Hancock Tower that sits at Delaware Place and can be seen for miles.

The Beaches

View From Oak Street Beach of The John Hancock and Palmolive Building Beacon | Photo Credit: @aman.hathi

View Looking South From North Avenue Beach

Lincoln Park 

It may have a notable ring to its name — perhaps after an iconic president that donned a tall black hat and a long beard. But it is also home to some of Chicago’s best lakefront activities for all walks of life.

Sprawling Green-space of Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park Conservatory + Campus

Navy Pier

One of the best places to capture some of the best nighttime skyline photos is at the iconic Navy Pier. This historic piece of Chicago landscape jets out 3300 feet into Lake Michigan – offering some of the most unparalleled views of the Chicago Skyline. In addition to the dozens of attractions and family activities that welcome visitors year-round, the pier is now home to the world’s largest rooftop bar where you can sip on new seasonal crafty cocktails or simply enjoy some people watching with a great backdrop – the Chicago skyline.

Navy Pier | Photo Credit: @by.bert

Springtime at the Pier


Now that you have the Springtime along the lakefront check-list ready, let’s get sightseeing.

See you this spring in Chicago!