High of 64 degrees, sunny. The Trek began on Navy Pier which stretches over a half mile out into Lake Michigan. I got out there just as the sun was rising.
Chicago has preserved its lakefront for its people. There are pathways and parks stretching uninterrupted from downtown all the way to Hyde Park. I strolled along the paved Lakefront Trail through Burnham Park all the way to where I'd stay my first night.
The day was warm, but there were still chunks of floating ice and some ice on the rocks along the way.