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North Avenue Beach

1600 N. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60614 (Gold Coast)
312 747 0832
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Ranked #123 of 367 Attractions in Chicago
Type: Beaches
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Spokane, Washington
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Having grown up in a small coastal town I was surprised to find something so similar to a beach so close to a city. Volleyball courts everywhere are fun if you have some friends to play with!

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Adelaide, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

To be able to swim and sit in the sun for a couple of hours was lovely. We walked from Wabash Ave. through the park, about 20 minutes.

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st. joseph, mo
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I tried to get to this beach two different days and could not get on it. there was no parking. literally there was no parking lot. there was something that may have went to a lot, although I don't think so, but it was coned off anyway. I circled around a few times, and found no resemblance of a lot.... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

So much fun here with the kids to just hang out. We took family here to and they really had a good time.

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63 reviews 63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Good beach w plenty of soft sand, just be cautious of glass. The chair rentals from B...something Brothers was decent and made the day more enjoyable ($10 per chair for the day). If you are used to warm beaches and temps beware that the water here is very cold, even on the sunniest of days. Don't be deceived, the sun... More

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Machesney Park
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

So much fun, free and easy to get to. There is a walking bridge that crosses lake shore drive just southeast of Lincoln Park zoo which is also free. The parking is expensive but a whole day of parking is right about the same as round trip cab fairs from the train stations. The water is not too deep straight... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
33 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Wait in line to get into the bathroom to change, since there were no change rooms and hundreds of teenagers on the beach didn't make for an enjoyable family outing. Lots of broken glass in the sand from beer bottles. Water freezing. We left after an hour.

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Toronto, Canada
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32 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Wow, did not expect a beach is that energetic. Lots of people whether they are jogging, walking, biking, etc. amenities are good enough at beach. Tips, parking is expensive for 1 to 2 hr, $14. Direction is coming in from west LaSalle drive

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
50 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Took a nice stroll near the beach before visiting the zoo. Typical of all beaches during a holiday weekend, there were lots of people sunbathing and a few actually in the water. Being accustomed to coastal beaches, we couldn’t imagine one on a lake, but considering, it's not bad - better than no beach. The snack stand and facilities are... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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218 reviews 218 reviews
115 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I know why people go here but it is more just a place on the water that was developed for people near the North Side to go on a summer day. Having been to Salt Water beaches on both coasts, I have to say this one on the Lake Front in the city is not very impressive in that sense.... More

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