Indiana Dunes State Park, Chicago Area (July, 2011)

On one of our 5 days in Chicago we had planned to get out of the city for a bit and checkout something we don't normally see much of--beach and big sand dunes.

The Indiana Dunes is an area just east of the lower tip of Lake Michigan.  It is comprised of both a National Lakeshore and a state park.

There's a nice beach and all that comes with that and there are some large dunes to hike up and around in.  We decided to do a bit of both but not fully swim in the lake.  Afterward we sat on a picnic table under a big cottonwood eating a snack and watching the goings on.  (If you'd like to learn more, checkout another slideshow of my first trip to the Indiana Dunes, click here.)