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North Avenue Beach

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“water show”(12 reviews)
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1600 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60613
Lincoln Park
312 747 0832
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Not many venture out here but you get a different perspective. Not very far though but fewer people here. Good places to hang about and have some drinks nearby as well.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank woaishanghai
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

Great place for photo of Chicago. Beach seemed nice and clean but parking is expensive. Lots of bikers and runners so seems like a good place to get some exercise

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mellowyellow52
Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

Whenever I go to the beach, this is the place. Nice atmosphere but can get busy on hot days. Great location!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank layla328
Reviewed October 10, 2018

Great Place Right In the Middle of The City. You can do downtown and hit an actual beach. It is quite busy at points so be prepared for that.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ChiTown2Vegas
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Amazing place for sunbathing swimming, walking, bicycling and watching Chicago's annual Air and Water show

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Sandra_TheTraveler
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

North Avenue beach is one of the two most known beaches along the Chicago shoreline. It offers a great walk along Lake Michigan and also gives an interesting view west into the city. On a warm sunny day it makes for a pleasant walk in...More

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

This is another nice city beach best reached from the lake walk from Oak. Much bigger beach with games and cafes.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ian_dempster
Reviewed September 3, 2018

Weather going alone or to meet friends you can almost guarantee you will have met great people to talk to. Friendliest beach ever and the dog beach is great.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Robert E
Reviewed August 30, 2018

Chicago is wow because of the North Avenue all everything sit around the Lake Michigan . and all people enjoyed that path

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank GinDub
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

This is a nice wide beach with lifeguard chairs and lifeguards when open. There is a bike and walking road along the beach too. Several options for water and bathrooms.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LDavidMarquet
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August 10, 2018|
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Response from Snowbank79 | Reviewed this property |
The parking lot is open from 11am-7pm. After doing a bit of research I discovered that the parking lot at North Ave Beach will be closed for the air and water show. Also, keep in mind that there will be street closures for... More
Keri M
August 15, 2017|
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Response from RusPat_704 | Reviewed this property |
If you are thinking about driving for the sir and water show, parking is restricted and you will not get a spot there. Access is free. However at other times, There is limited parking at the beach. You would need to take... More
Jen M
May 29, 2017|
Response from T G | Reviewed this property |
I'd go with Oak Street beach! It's more of a mature crowd there vs North Ave having a younger crowd. If you want to have fun, and do things like volleyball, bike tour, jet ski, etc. Then North Ave is it, but Oak Street is... More