Does Your Dog Play Well With Others?
If no one told you it was a lake, the 118 by 307 mile Lake Michigan could be an ocean. Standing on the beach, you'll never see the sides--or the other shore. In fact the glimmering mass--which today makes you think of Van Gogh-y adjectives like "cobalt" and "azure"--stretches as wide as the sky itself for which it serves as a kind of mirror image.
If anyone doubts that Evanston loves its dogs, consider this: its dog beach is bigger than some of its "people beaches." It's better located, next to the boat launch and snack shop and flanked by a pier and boulders which serve as an "observation decks."
Like Evanston's other beaches--and adjacent Northwestern University's too--the dog beach is not free. But it is open from May through October and, thanks to dogs' oblivion to cold water, you will probably get your $50 worth.