The Vermont Street Plaza
The Vermont Street Plaza is in the middle of the canal. You can access this area directly from the east side of the canal. I usually park at the corner of Indiana Avenue and Vermont Streets. Canal Overlook Apartments and Residence Inn by Marriott are at that location as well. Use those for your GPS. There are steep steps as the end of Vermont Street that lead down to the plaza. You can also access the canal at New York or North Michigan Streets. New York Street has an elevator.
This location has larger area's off the beaten path if you are expecting a lot of friends to join you!