Catch a Sunrise at The Lakefill

Illinois The Lakefill

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.

Pack List

  • Camera (capable of zooming)
  • Jacket
  • Thermos
  • Coffee
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6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

Added by Matthew Sampson

Photographer, homebrewer, and coffee-lover currently based out of Chicago, IL. I love exploring the outdoors and exploring new cities through food and beverage. Follow me everywhere – @mattdsampson.

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