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Virtual Skate - 5650 North (click to zoom)
Virtual Skate - 5650 North
At the end of Hollywood beach is a pier. One can blade to the end, but sometimes there are couples fooling around there. The shore path ends here.

Virtual Skate - 5200 North - Foster (click to zoom)
Virtual Skate - 5200 North - Foster
Foster Beach. At the South end of Foster beach one finally must cross a street. For non-bladers, this street leads to parking and recreation areas.

Virtual Skate - 4150 North - Junior (click to zoom)
Virtual Skate - 4150 North - Junior
A couple of twists lead to this weird stretch between golf and traffic. Bladers are faster than cars here in rush hour.

Virtual Skate - 2200 North - Webster (click to zoom)
Virtual Skate - 2200 North - Webster
North Avenue beach just goes on and on. Near the end a new health club facility off the path includes outdoor equipment and blade hockey in summer.

Virtual Skate - 1700 North - LaSalle (click to zoom)
Virtual Skate - 1700 North - LaSalle
The air and water show centers here and there are gymnastics and other sports demos sometimes. The city recently rebuilt this historic ship shaped beach house. There's bathrooms, phones, snacks, even showers and blade rentals. Good freestyling space when not crowded.

Virtual Skate - 1400 North - Schiller (click to zoom)
Virtual Skate - 1400 North - Schiller
We have arrived! All areas are soooo smooth, and the levels are jumpable. Careful, people have died here. The best bladers, jugglers, stunt bikers and bathing beauties congregate here on weekends when the weather is anywhere near decent.

Virtual Skate - 1200 North - Division (click to zoom)
Virtual Skate - 1200 North - Division
Great bladers doing stunts with cones and ramps. Careful if surface is wet or you could go overboard.

Virtual Skate - 1100 North (click to zoom)
Virtual Skate - 1100 North
Bladeable territory transitions to Oak Street Beach proper here with a dividing ramp. Solid sunbathing here and for some reason a lot of bums. Underpass leads out to the awesome Michigan Avenue, take it with braking firmly applied.

Virtual Skate - 800 North - Chicago (click to zoom)
Virtual Skate - 800 North - Chicago
Though you'll get frowns, Michigan Avenue is notably bladeable here. To the west see the Water Tower, John Hancock building (312/751-3681, 875 N Michigan), and Museum of Contemporary Art (312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago). See more MCA and downtown photos.

Virtual Skate - 500 North - Grand (click to zoom)
Virtual Skate - 500 North - Grand
Navy Pier (312/595-PIER, 600 East Grand). A premier attraction, like a conventiently located theme park and more. Shops, restaurants and attractions of every kind. Giant Ferris Wheel, Carousel, Children's Museum, IMax and Shakespeare theaters, bands, conventions, parking, blade rental, fountains, huge sculptures, fireworks.