Loyola-Leone BeachRogers Park
This eight-block-long beach runs from Pratt Avenue to Touhy Avenue, making it one of the city's largest. It's part of both Loyola Park and Leone Park. It boasts a fishing pier, picnic grounds, softball fields, a basketball court and a state-of-the-art wooden playground and a junior lifeguard program. Nearby is the Heartland Cafe-on-the-Lake, which offers a lake view and a vegetarian-friendly menu, open from about 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.