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You might think you would find a pot of gold. Nope! Just a doubled pill bottle (along with the usual trash). :)
You can make this one as easy or as hard as you want! Easy way terrain listed and the more difficult way could be 3 to 3 1/2.
Nice views of the lake, the intake crib and downtown.
Parking closeby (see additional waypoint).
Rainbow Beach & Park
Located at 77th Street and the Lake, this new facility includes a large gym, three clubrooms and a fitness center. The outdoor environment consists of basketball, tennis and handball courts, three baseball diamonds, two playgrounds, a community garden and plenty of green space with an awe-inspiring view of Chicago’s skyline.
Named for the U.S. Army's 42nd Rainbow Division that fought gallantly in World War I, Rainbow Beach & Park began as two separate municipal beaches. The first was established in 1908 by the Special Parks Commission, a city agency that studied open space needs and created parks, playgrounds, and beaches in densely- populated areas of Chicago. This small site at 79th Street and Lake Michigan was known as Rocky Ledge Beach. The name referred to the area's rocky terrain, and to the manmade limestone ledge that served as a shore promenade and provided protection from shoreline erosion. By 1912, the heavily-used beach had bathrooms and changing rooms. Illuminated by electric lights, the beach remained open until 9:30 p.m. for the benefit of working men and women.
In 1914, the city began efforts to expand the beach, and soon acquired land between 75th Street and Rocky Ledge Beach. The City Council officially named the new site Rainbow Beach in 1918. The smaller, adjacent Rocky Ledge Beach continued operating as a children's beach.
The two beaches were consolidated in 1959, when the Chicago Park District began leasing the site from the city. For many years the park lacked sufficient indoor recreational facilities, so in 1999 a large fieldhouse was constructed. Designed by David Woodhouse Architects, the fieldhouse takes full advantage of Rainbow Beach & Park's breathtaking views of the lakefront and skyline.
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