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Close to pier

This is the smallest beach i saw in Chicago but still a nice beach. Its closest to Navy pier and... read more

Reviewed September 9, 2018
Wigan, United Kingdom
Labor Day weekend 2018

Even with the thunderstorms and rain it is a great beach. Close and convenient to hotels in the... read more

Reviewed September 4, 2018
Robert E
Saint Louis, Missouri
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400 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611-4308
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Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

This is the place for wedding pics it seems. We counted no less than 10 wedding parties having photos taken with the beach and city skyline in the background. Well manicured and fun place to spend some time. The sand is soft and falls right...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Daniel H
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

Once again the founding fathers of Chicago did it right, they made sure that the coastline of Lake Michigan will always be open to the public. This beach represents one of the more famous beaches in the city and it is well worth visiting coming...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank McWett
Reviewed September 9, 2018

This is the smallest beach i saw in Chicago but still a nice beach. Its closest to Navy pier and the loop.

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

Even with the thunderstorms and rain it is a great beach. Close and convenient to hotels in the area and Navy Pier. Whether people watching and or in the water it is a great place to spend the day. A great funday in the sun!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Robert E
Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

My partner and I stumbled upon this fantastic place. Chicago is one of the most fantastic places we’ve visited. Never mind you New York, or Boston. Chicago has everything. River, lake, beach, fantastic people. We stayed and had a few drinks and a wander. Reasonable...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank enncle
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

The Ohio Street Beach is just a short (10-15 min) wall from the south end of the Magnificent Mile. If you’ve never had your feet in Lake Michigan this is a very easy way to do it. Lots of families and lots of activity both...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank DMJA21
Reviewed August 1, 2018

It's a delightful little beach, filled with families as well as triathlon trainees. I was able to swim laps alongside the athletes. The only problem was lack of proper bathroom. The Port-a-Potties were absolutely filthy. At least the (dirty) Handicap Port-a-Potty was large enough I...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 387speterson
Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

We stopped at Ohio Street Beach to take a break from the hectic city and let our young daughter play in the sand a bit. It was busy as expected for a beautiful Friday afternoon, but not overly crowded. I was concerned about shady people,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Mizzou2002
Reviewed July 10, 2018

We went to Ollivia's restaurant right on the beach and really enjoyed the food, sights and sounds of the beach and beautiful Lake Michigan. The day we were there, the weather was perfect....one of those magical summer days in Chicago. Only negatives were a few...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Diane R
Reviewed June 16, 2018

Nice beach with all the amenities- rest rooms, bars, music on the edge of downtown. Clean sand except for cigarette butts. Good atmosphere. Water looks clean.

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank Gary W
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Response from DMJA21 | Reviewed this property |
There is only pay parking to the best of my knowledge. Use the Spot Hero app to find and reserve the best rates.