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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 #119 of 367 attractions in Chicago
Type: Beaches
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Hamilton, Canada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
33 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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31 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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Maryland
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62 reviews 62 reviews
48 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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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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Chicago, Illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

It had sand and water so technically, it's a beach. Can get very crowded and I defiantly recommend taking public transport or walking there.

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Chicago, Illinois
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157 attraction reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We live a short walk from North Avenue Beach on Chicago's near North Side so we are bias in our opinion. In the summer, on a hot Saturday or Sunday morning, there isn't anything like it. Oh, you can be among the million or so people who congregate along the beach for the annual air and water show in August.... More

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Chicago
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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

At north ave beach there's always something to do rent a divy bike, walk, jog ,workout or even check out the annual air and water show in August or you can go to one of the venues which are very tasteful

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Come here on the weekend but remember that everyone looks really in shape here, so don't feel self conscious. The beach is great for being in the city and you can see the high rises from afar. All together a great experience of how chicagoans take advantage of their summer!

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Palo Alto, California
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142 attraction reviews
229 helpful votes 229 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Okay, yes, it's a city beach. It can get crowded, and busy. But I love it for a number of reasons: how accessible it is from public transportation, the air & water show each year, and yes-- the fact that it's a city beach! Not every city has a beach by any means. It has unbeatable views of the skyline,... More

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32 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Something i never expect to do in Chicago (go to the beach), Love the water so i can tell you it was amazing and well worth it to spent a day at the beach even if you are not going for long time, a little crowed but it was nice plenty of space for you to sit down and get... More

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