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1000 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611-5303
Near North Side
(312) 742-7529
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Reviewed January 26, 2019 via mobile

Despite frigid temperatures, the 18th annual polar bear plunge went on as planned. This is a yearly event, with participants and bystanders on the beach cheering the swimmers on. The photo opportunities are as abundant in winter as they are in summer, if you can...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank EJJourney
Reviewed November 27, 2018 via mobile

I liked this place. Nice beach. I was here in the end of April and of course I couldn't swim, but water was so clean and if you don't know, that is lake, you can think it's sea. It's a center of city and it's...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank AleksanderKiev
Reviewed October 17, 2018

Location, location. Great beach, but unless walking or taking CTA bus, where to park? Good bars and food joints to the west on Rush Street.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank SuperChief49
Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

How wonderful that all of Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago is open to the public. Lots of beaches, walkways bike paths. Oak street is a smaller one but no less famous. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head over to Oak Street...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank McWett
Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

This is a nice small beach near the Drake hotel. Went a couple of times once being when the beach volleyball competition on.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ian_dempster
Reviewed September 4, 2018

Can you think of any other city this side of Rio de Janiero where a popular swimming vista washes up against the concrete of the city's busiest thoroughfare? Think Chicago and Oak Street Beach. Located at 1000 North Lake Shore Drive, where Lake Shore Drive...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 3, 2018

Amazing how well maintained the beaches of Chicago are. This happens to be my favorite. Great place to relax and spend your days in the sun. People are friendly and coureous in Chicago

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Robert E
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

It’s great there’s actually a beach the is essentially in downtown Chicago. Walking from the city takes you through an underpass. Lifeguard chairs.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LDavidMarquet
Reviewed August 23, 2018

Wasn’t too windy and the water was cool. Bathrooms were ok. The bar on the beach was closed for private party so can’t comment on that. There is a parking structure is 2 blocks away and was $30 for 2-5 hours.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank fidgetykgd
Reviewed August 23, 2018

Wish Chicago was a little warmer, but we still usually plan for one afternoon to hang out and relax here. The water is usually fairly cold and it can get windy. Nice beach though, if you plan on going to Navy Pier, worth stopping here...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Gold Coast
Located just north of The Loop, Gold Coast is one of
Chicago’s most affluent and popular neighborhoods. The
original Playboy, Hugh Hefner, once had a mansion
here. In addition to prestigious hotels, historic
mansions and luxury high-rise apartments, you’ll also
find upscale specialty boutiques and Michelin-starred
restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping
fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The
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Cher s
July 17, 2018|
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Response from sholix | Reviewed this property |
find a pay lot on west side of lakeshore drive street parking is usually only for 2 hours and you will get a ticket , then there is a tunnel from west side of lakeshore drive or you can play frogger and try street level
Peggie G
June 17, 2018|
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Response from CaptTrouble | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see any grills when I was there.