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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 #126 of 374 Attractions in Chicago
Type: Beaches
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Chesterfield, MO
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222 reviews 222 reviews
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244 helpful votes 244 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 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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81 reviews 81 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Loved this beach, a little small but the waters beautiful! Volleyball courts etc we couldnt fully get the feel of thr beach it was cold when we went but im sure its much better when its warmer

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Spokane, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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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
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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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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Illinois
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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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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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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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