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North Avenue Beach

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Lincoln Park
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Address: 1600 N. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60614
Phone Number: 312 747 0832
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Chicago Lincoln Park Bike Adventure

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Long stretch of white sand beach

We read much about this beach and decided to find it while visiting Chicago. Started out at the Oak Park Beach and continued walking for 15 minutes before we reached North Ave... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Liz T
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We read much about this beach and decided to find it while visiting Chicago. Started out at the Oak Park Beach and continued walking for 15 minutes before we reached North Ave beach. It is much bigger than Oak Park Beach and there were many beach volleyball players using the nets. Seemed to have more facilities (parking, restrooms, food) to... More 

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Thank Liz T
Nashville, Tennessee
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lovely beach to visit. The water is blue and refreshing. It is within walking distance of the Lincoln Park Zoo. It is one of Chicagos free public beaches and it seems to be one of the main ones for tourists to visit. It is a nice place to relax and cool off after some sight seeing.

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Thank Kathy E
Hollis, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spend a day. They have paddle board rentals, jet skis, lots of beach area. Not terribly crowded. Close to the zoo and the Chicago History Museum. Access to city bus system.

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Thank Paladine5
Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We saw an ad on the bus afterwards that this is one of the three locations (1600 N Lake Shore Dr) where you can rent bikes for two hours for free by showing your ventra card or transit receipt. When we asked for the bike rental prices at this beach, the free deal wasn't mentioned. If any of you have... More 

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Thank Toroniee T
New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I walked here twice in July 2016. Once by myself and once with my wife. You can reach North Avenue Beach in two ways. You can go to the south end of Lincoln Park and walk over a foot bridge. Or you can walk here from Oak Street Beach. North Avenue Beach was very crowded. I stuck to the bike... More 

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Thank blairkk25
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beach is very beautiful and there was lots of things to do. Like every beach in the summer there are lots of kids and teenagers. Although signs say no alcohol you could tell people were drinking especially after sunset. We had a good time! it was hot but the water was cold and built sand castles and no stinky... More 

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Mundelein, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My first time here and it was a lot going on! The live band was playing and volley ball courts are all around! You can rent chairs, umbrellas, bikes. The lifeguards are all around and available for help! The only problem was the water quality was bad and we were not able to get in the water.

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Rockford, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If your looking for a beach to go to and you can find a place to park this is a good beach. Its free. Its along Lake Michigan. The view of the Skyline is amazing. (John Hancock building... Etc. Close to Navy Pier and Lincoln Park Zoo. You can play volleyball,swim,walk or ride along the path,they have some places to... More 

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Thank Trina P
Minneapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

We walked over to the beach from our hotel near Lincoln Park. It was a beautiful, pleasant beach, big enough that we could find space to spread out even on a gorgeous Saturday. There's a whole lot to do even if you don't feel like swimming, including beach volleyball and kayak and bike rental; if you forgot a sand bucket... More 

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Gotha, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

We came here because my son is a photographer and I was looking for a place to do skyline pictures. The view was amazing! There were sand volleyball courts and a swimming area with lifeguards. There was also a path that lead out on a jetty so you could walk all along the water. Parking was $18 in a small... More 

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Staying in Lincoln Park

Neighborhood Profile
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.