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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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We visited the beach on a Monday afternoon. It was perfect weather, so I figured it'd be crowded. It was busy, but definitely not too packed. I was surprised at how clean and nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We visited the beach on a Monday afternoon. It was perfect weather, so I figured it'd be crowded. It was busy, but definitely not too packed. I was surprised at how clean and nice the water was. The sand had a little trash (some glass), but was cleaner than I had expected. We were also surprised with the size of... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I loved going to this beach. We visited Chicago on a really hot summer day. Not too far from the Lincoln Zoo, this place is great. It was perfect to lay on the beach and to swim in Lake Michigan

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We went on a Saturday so it was pretty crowded. Excellent views of the city's high rises the only downside is that some people just don't pick up after themselves. Family friendly and fun.

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Bluffton, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised that the city of Chicago had such a nice beach. It was very clean and not to crowded when I was there. I went on a weekday, so the beach had only a few people. I would def. go back to this beach when I visit Chicago again.

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illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We went to North Ave Beach on July 5, the day after the big Navy Pier fireworks show. We have family in the Gold Coast so we walked over after finding Oak Street so crowded you couldn't find a 3x3 spot. When I lived in Chicago I used to hit the Oak St and North Ave beaches all the time... More 

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Medina, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

After 2+ weeks of traveling (anniversary trip with wife out west) we wanted to just relax and spend day in sun by water reading books. This was the perfect place. While there was a lot of activity on the wide beach (yes! Chicago has a wide fun beach in Summer!) we found a grassy shaded area next to the beach... More 

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Norrkoping, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This is a large beach close to the city centre. We went there by car and there is a parking ($15/hour) lot at the south end (rather small so you'd better be lucky the get a spot). There is really beach life with a lot of people. If you want to take photos of the famous Chicago skyline, this is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We live in the suburbs and went down to Lincoln Park Zoo for the day, which is a very short walk away from this lovely strip of beach. The kids decided that they'd rather be at the beach than the zoo, so that's where we spent most of our time. The beach was full of college age kids nearer the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The day I went the beach was full of young adults. It was very crowded (which is not necessarily a bad thing.) The only downsides were the careless people who left trash everywhere and the disgusting bathrooms. If you have small children with you I would recommend looking for another beach.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My girlfriend and I visited North Avenue beach on a very busy and warm 4th of July. I had never been to this beach before so I was overwhelmed when I arrived and descended onto what seemed like thousands of drunk 21 year olds. This was definitely party central for this age group and I imagine the crowds are like... More 

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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.