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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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Lots to do!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Stephanie C
Mundelein, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Kim M
Mundelein, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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.

Thank Stephanie C
Rockford, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 

Thank Trina P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Ames, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I decided to take in the beach while visiting our son in Chicago. Some might be surprised by the quality of the sand when they visit a Chicago beach but since I grew up in NW Indiana, I am fully aware of the fine, sandy beaches of Lake Michigan. North Ave beach offers much more than just... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fabulous walk from the Loop to Lincoln Park. We were heading back to the Loop from Stanley's Kitchen and Tap after dinner. It was perfect. Lovely to relax on also in the day time.

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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a little more north. It's not bad per se, I just found the other the other one a little better and more happening.

Thank Nikos T
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great beach with volleyball equipment rentals, a lakefront bar/restaurant (that is quite a party). Lifeguards on duty, beautiful running/biking paths that extend around the city's lakefront and of course swimming. They even have a dog beach for your furry friends.

Thank Becky A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great beach, but more geared toward the younger crowd. We took all the kids and still had a blast. Clean, lots of options for rentals, and plenty of life guards. Location was great. Parking isn't cheap at Lincoln Park but it was still worth it. Lake Michigan is awesome.

Thank Paul M

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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.