Photograph courtesy of Felicia Fairchild
This tiny hamlet of less than 1,000 residents is nestled among the sand dunes on the east coast of Lake Michigan. It’s a favorite among Chicagoans for its close proximity (about a two-hour drive) and impressive arts scene, which blossomed during the late 19th century’s arts and crafts movement and hasn't waned since. Oval Beach is where it’s at during the warmer months, and neighboring Douglas and nearby Holland, Michigan, add to the options for lodging, dining and nightlife.
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