Chicago Day Trip Guide: New Buffalo, Michigan
On the shores of Lake Michigan, 70 miles east of downtown Chicago, lies the charming town of New Buffalo, Michigan (population: less than 2,000). This hidden gem offers a serene respite from the urban frenzy, inviting visitors to unwind and embrace the tranquil beauty of the Great Lakes region.
As you stroll along the pristine sandy beaches, the rhythmic lapping of the waves sets a soothing backdrop. Indulge in delectable waterfront dining, savoring fresh catches and local flavors. Explore the quaint downtown, dotted with boutique shops and art galleries, or embark on an outdoor adventure, from kayaking to hiking through lush forest trails. New Buffalo awaits, promising a delightful escape just a short distance from the city.
Here’s a taste of what New Buffalo has to offer.
New Buffalo Beach
Close to downtown with a boardwalk nature trail. Pack a picnic, rent a kayak, and enjoy the views.
Downtown New Buffalo
Small town charm
Take a stroll down Whitaker and discover boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries.
Farm fresh ingredients means their menu changes with the seasons. But don't worry - they have Reubens year-round.
New Buffalo Farmers Market
The rare evening farmer’s market!
Browse more than 30 vendors in the heart of town, while the sun sets.
Oink’s Dutch Treat Ice Cream Shop
Where it’s okay to pig out
Cool off on a hot day in New Buffalo with hand-dipped ice cream, sundaes and shakes.
Brewster’s New Buffalo
Italian bites that’ll treat you right
Expect classics like pasta, pizzas, and seafood in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
The Stray Dog Bar & Grill
Beachside burgers (and more)
Besides the beach, you’ll want to go to enjoy the rooftop deck and views of Lake Michigan.