There are few things as wonderful about Chicago as Lake Michigan. Chicago has 26 miles of lakefront accessible to the public, including 18 miles of path for running/walking/biking, many beaches, and beautiful parks. I'm feeling nostalgic as summer draws to a close for the many hours I've spent on the lakefront these last months. I have ridden my bike many dozens of times south to downtown. I've found the route to be a delightful option when one needs to transport oneself downtown, a good time to reflect on life, and an effective form of exercise (particularly when the wind is strong, which is common along the lake).