A welcoming beach town on the shore of Lake Michigan. A two-hour, 15-minute drive from Chicago.
Best for Chowhounds, hikers, beachcombers and arts patrons
Claim to fame This mid-19th century lumber town straddling the Kalamazoo River boomed after the 1871 Great Chicago Fire. As industry declined in the early 20th century, artists from the Chicago Art Institute colonized beaches and waterfront houses, and by…