The sun has almost set on another summer, but there’s still time to catch a summer sunset (or sunrise) before fall is upon us. Fortunately, there are plenty of spots on the North Shore where you can view the sky as it bursts with color. Here are some of our favorite places to start or end the day.
Summer evenings at Chicago Botanic Garden are not to be missed. Noises fade as the sun sets and lights illuminate the Garden. Stop by for evening activities such as Carillon Concerts on Mondays, Music on the Esplanade on Tuesdays and Hot Summer Nights on Thursdays. Plus, evening is a great time to capture beautiful Instagram-worthy photos here.
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Start your day by hiking, biking or canoeing at Skokie Lagoons as the sun rises, or stop by after a delicious dinner (at one of the Lagoons’ picnic groves, perhaps?) to watch the sunset. Boaters can bring their own canoes, kayaks, sailboats or rowboats, but canoes and kayaks are available to rent. Fishing is also allowed with a state license. With 894 acres, you might need to visit a few times to decide which spot has your favorite view.
After a day of shopping and dining at The Glen Town Center, make your way to Gallery Park, which features approximately 1 mile of shoreline along Lake Glenview. Fishing is allowed here, so pass the time until the sun sets with a leisurely evening catching a variety of fish. The park also features biking and jogging trails, if you prefer to start or end your day with a little exercise. Either way, you won’t want to miss the sunset (or sunrise) here, especially from the Lookout Tower.
What’s better than a gorgeous sunset? A gorgeous sunset with a side of delicious food. Evanston’s Five & Dime sits above sister restaurants Taco Diablo and LuLu’s and offers an outdoor rooftop deck during the summer. Start your meal with marinated olives or burrata before ordering Poke Poke or Smoked Brisket. End the night with Vanilla & Burnt Caramel Flan or Valhrona Guanaja Chocolate Pot de Creme with Oreo crumble.
If you’re looking to get away for a mini staycation, or are visiting the North Shore from out of town, consider spending an evening or two at this luxury B&B. Stone Porch by the Lake’s Lakefront Suite, Lakeview Balcony Suite, Treetop Twin Suite and Rooftop Terrace Suite offer views of Lake Michigan, while the aptly named Sunset Suite provides a private sunroom where you can view the sunset.
You don’t have to travel far to get gorgeous views with sand between your toes. Evanston, Glencoe and Winnetka all boast lakefront beaches, for both humans and their dogs, where you can catch the evening’s sunset (and amazing sunrises over the water).
Learn more about beach rentals, hours, pricing and more at each beach: