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North Avenue Beach

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Address: 1600 N. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60614
Phone Number: 312 747 0832
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10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Hang with friends.

Great place to go have a fun day at the beach with friends and people watch. Beautiful views of the city.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Greenville, South Carolina

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Greenville, South Carolina
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Great place to go have a fun day at the beach with friends and people watch. Beautiful views of the city.

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Vaughan, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

You must visit Chicago in the summer and check out this beach. It's a long, clean stretch, perfect for chilling, relaxing and soaking in the rays. And only a short drive from the Loop. Chicago is one of my favourite cities and its a must see. Definitely come here in the summer.

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Chicago, IL
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I love the facilities here. They have full restaurant/bar and stands to rent, SUP, kayaks, and jet skis. But, the beach was VERY crowded and about 90% of the beach goers were high school and college kids. I was here on a Tuesday afternoon. I can't imagine what the weekends must be like. I was talking with a life guard... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

My son & I were looking for a spot to watch the sunset, near the city. Of course, being on the water is also a must. Plus, it is close to the Hancock Observatory (360 Chicago.) We were not disappointed. It was a warm April evening, and the sky was gorgeous.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I live in the area and have visited this beach many times. North Ave Beach is a nice spot to hang out and relax during the week in the summer. During the weekend it will get PACKED. There is technically no drinking on the beach, but it happens and it will get rowdy. So if you are a twenty something... More 

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England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Very hot day so headed for the beach. Nice beach, very busy but hired sunbeds and umberellas for the day and laid looking out over the water reading, could have been in a beach resort rather than in a busy city. Shops around selling food and drink and public toilets handy.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

North Avenue beach has it all-Castaways is a restaurant/bar that you can enjoy and feel as though you are on a beach in Florida! It offers all kinds of rental gear too! In addition, it is a great location for people watching. The crowd tends to be much younger so if your looking to relax this wouldn't be your spot.... More 

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Chesterfield, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

North Avenue Beach is a great place to get pictures of the city, along with the planetarium on the south side. The beach can be cool compared to the rest of Chicago if there is a lake breeze, so be prepared with a sweater or jacket. The beach house is a great work of architecture, resembling a 1930’s ocean liner... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

It's great that there is a beach within the city limits, which is also quite decent. It's a great contrast to be at the beach and at the same time see the metropolitan area and skyline.

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Lynn Have, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We visited North Avenue Beach on a walk along Lakeshore Trail from Michigan Avenue. A walking tunnel leads to North Avenue from the water. While there wasn't much activity along the beach on this brisk September morning, I suspect that during the right time of year/day, the volleyball courts and chess tables are hopping.

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Additional Information about North Avenue Beach

Address: 1600 N. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60614
Phone Number: 312 747 0832
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Lincoln Park
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Staying in Lincoln Park

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Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a free zoo open to visitors year-round. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks, row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln Park itself borders the lakefront area offering peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.