“Here comes the sun, and I say it's all right.” Taking in the sunrise can fill your day with light and hope. As our spring days grow longer through May, the sun appears on the horizon sometime between 5:20 and 5:45 am. Chicago’s North Shore brims with spaces to observe this daily ritual, even while being mindful of social distancing. You can keep that morning energy boost going with a stop at a local bakery where you can pick up a latte or grab some tasty morning carbs after your stroll, hike, or bike ride.
Social distancing and other safety precautions are still in effect to fight the spread of COVID-19. Stay up-to-date on the latest public health guidance from the CDC and the State of Illinois, before heading out.
Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park
McCormick Boulevard between Touhy & Dempster St., Skokie
The geometric angles and curving paths along this landscaped parkway add an artistic touch to the skies at dawn. Cycle, jog, or wander among more than 70 large-scale modern sculptures created out of cast iron, welded steel, aluminum, or concrete. Bring the dog along (leashed pleased) or do a self-guided tour once the sun pops up. Kneads and Wants Artisan Bakery & Cafe (8042 Lincoln Ave., Skokie) opens at 8:00 am for curbside pickup (delivery options, too) for scones, croissants, and dozens of other freshly baked goodies with La Colombe coffee.
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