Beaches in Chicago

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Beaches in Chicago

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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,560 contributions
    One of the advantages of living where we do on Chicago's Gold Coast is the view. Since we moved into our apartment in 1983, we have enjoyed a picturesque view of North Avenue Beach, Lincoln Park and a front row seat for the annual Air and Water Show. Located at 1600 North Lake Shore Drive, at North Avenue and Lake Michigan, North Avenue Beach is one of Chicago's most popular beaches with the most picturesque view of Chicago's magnificent skyline. It also features a popular beach house that contains 22,000 square feet of space, a sleek ocean liner-inspired building that contains a restaurant, an ice cream cafe and facilities to rent volleyball courts, bicycles, kayaks, paddle boards, jet skis, lounge chairs, umbrellas, even sandals and chess tables. Outdoor beach yoga is offered seven days a week for all age levels. North Avenue Beach is also a popular gathering place for joggers and walkers and bicyclists. On the Lakefront Trail, you can stroll north from North Avenue Beach to Montrose Beach or south to Navy Pier. There is plenty of beachfront for swimmers and sun bathers. On a sunny summer day, it's an all-day activity. Parking is available in a paid lot but, be forewarned, there isn't much space so arrive early and take the North Avenue bus to the end of the line.
    Written June 15, 2021
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  • Jazmin Marie
    Chicago, IL37 contributions
    The elotes taste better by the lake! There's something about a beautiful sunny day, the lake & some bomb elotes.

    I prefer to stop by here in the evening time & you can occasionally see fireworks from here (if Navy Pier is doing them). Parking can get pretty tight, but people are usually moving in and out so you'll find a spot if you're patient. Parking is free right now, but there's rumors that they're gonna make it paid soon.
    Written July 21, 2021
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  • Martin S
    Cranford, NJ1,530 contributions
    Ohio Street Beach is located at the eastern most end of Ohio Street and is close to Jane Addams Park and Navy Pier.

    It has the same great things the other Beaches do in terms of city views, but is much quieter and is clearly more private than Oak Street, North Avenue, or Fullerton Beach.

    It’s a pleasant change from the mass of humanity at the other places and can serve as a bit of an escape.

    Restaurant nearby.
    Written July 4, 2019
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  • Rachel W
    Detroit, MI338 contributions
    This beach was .3 miles from our Downtown hotel. It was extremely clean. It had lifeguards on duty. There was an ice cream stand and a patio bar. There was also a tent to get a massage.
    Written June 29, 2021
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  • April N
    Phoenix, AZ122 contributions
    ...the bathrooms are atrocious! Guess that's a good thing though as opposed to folks using the lake as a bathroom right? The lake water is clean. Beach was somewhat clean until people started leaving and not picking up their trash.

    Parking in the lot right in front of the beach is not free. It's $2 per hour. I thought parking was free adjacent the lot but as I was going to put more money on my sticker I saw at least 15 cars with tickets. So if you are paying to park I suggest you keep up with the time or pay for all day which is just as much as if you paid to park at North Ave. Beach in a lot.

    Plenty of shade and picnic areas. You can grill. There are also vendors selling tacos, corn (elotes), cotton candy, etc. Lifeguards on duty until about 7pm. Swim at your own risk after that.
    Written July 12, 2017
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  • Diane K
    Venice, FL3,692 contributions
    When we were here on a Saturday morning they were doing some minor construction - so we weren't able to get to the beach. Bathrooms are available from Labor Day through the summer.
    Written May 18, 2019
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  • snee1652
    Omaha, NE477 contributions
    Very impressed with the professionalism and diligence of the life guards. They appeared to be in total control of the beach and its visitors. I was proud to see a predominately young African Americans staff demonstrate such a high level of care and attention to the beach and their position as life guards. I will definitely return often to 63rd street beach in the future.
    Written July 31, 2019
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  • j s
    South Bend, IN20 contributions
    We saw the beach along Lakeshore Dr. and we had to get to it. We found Parking at 41st street beach a park and pay. Put our ticket in the window and explored this wonderful gem of a beach and park. We enjoyed our walk. Ant views were breathtaking.
    We came back to the car with our out of state plates and found our car broken into and all our luggage and personal items that we stored in the trunk were stolen. We reported this to the police and as the report was being filed another car was being broken into as I watched with dismay and fear for the people robbing them were scary and professional looking robbers. We called police and left. We won't forget the beach walk but can't get the robbery of things from our locked car out of our mind. It is a shame. Only a block away a group of kids were at a camp. It is soooo beautiful!!!!
    Written July 30, 2017
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  • NBentley2014
    Covington, KY352 contributions
    Beautiful lakefront walking options, offering plenty of space for social distancing and amazing views of the Chicago skyline. Busy and buzzy with lots of walkers, cyclists and people enjoying the warm and comfortable early evening air.
    Written August 25, 2020
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  • Kristal P
    1 contribution
    First the water is black it’s not clear, Second they don’t let you take things that float like floatis you can only take beach balls, 3rd the bathrooms are nasty all the dirty paper are on the floor, the floor is filled with mud, Forth when I was swimming a pad floating around. TRUST ME DONT EVEN WASTE YOUR TIME.
    Written July 4, 2021
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