Catch a Sunrise at The Lakefill

The Lakefill - Search Nearby - Added by Matthew Sampson

The Landfill is a spectacular spot to catch sunrise along the Lake Michigan shore. Take in gorgeous views of the Chicago skyline from this easy to access location on the campus of Northwestern University.

From the Northwestern University campus, head to the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts to access the southern-most section of The Lakefill. If driving, parking is usually available nearby on Sheridan Road, to the southwest of The Lakefill. Once at the Ryan Center, take the pedestrian bridge on the lake side of the building to access The Lakefill. Follow the path to the right to reach the southeastern-most section of The Lakefill. Here, you will find a nice bench to relax and enjoy the views. Make sure to leave ample time to catch the sun rising over the lake. Enjoy the southern scene, which provides incredible views of the Chicago skyline. This section of The Lakefill has an approximate 0.8 mile loop around the perimeter, so take a walk around to see some of the interesting architecture on Northwestern's campus.

I recommend bringing a camera that is capable of zooming to get detailed photos of the Chicago skyline. A tripod is also helpful. Also, the bench at the end of The Lakefill is a great place to relax and enjoy a thermos of coffee (especially if the weather is chilly!).

Afterwards, if the weather is nice, head over to Clark Street Beach for some relaxing or to the many paths in Centennial and Dawes Parks for some walking along the lake.

Activities

Chillin, Photography

Beach
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Lake
Romantic
Scenic

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Beautiful views

This is a great spot to get out of the house and enjoy a walk or run along the lake. I just went last weekend with a friend and my dog. All three of us really enjoyed the views of the city and the beautiful campus. If you are near this area I highly recommend checking it out.

Spectacular View

This view it like no other. North ave beach gives the view of the skyline but not like this one does. I love the view here.

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