Chicago beaches

Lifeguard at 63rd Street Beach this week. ((Anthony Souffle/ Chicago Tribune) / July 3, 2014)

Minnesota may have 10,000 of 'em, but Chicago's is the most sublime — at least according to the July issue of GQ, which named Lake Michigan as the best beach in the heartland.

Just in time for July 4th weekend, the July issue waxes poetic about our shoreline: "There's volleyball, the famous Ferris wheel at Navy Pier and — oh yeah — one of the greatest cities in the world literally right across the street. The sand is so integrated into Chicago life that you can arrive via subway. Try that in Florida and see how far you get."

The other five sandy spots that get the nod are: Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles, Canon Beach in Oregon, Fort Tilden in New York City, Sullivan Island in Charleston and Hanalei Beach in Kauai, Hawaii.

brubin@tribune.com