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Chill out on the best stretches of Lake Michigan sand at these top Chicago beaches and waterfront parks

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Chicago Park District's 63rd Street Beach

Chicago Park District's 63rd Street Beach

If you're not at a summer festival, the beach is one of the most popular places in Chicago to cool off with your friends. Whether you just want to relax, hit a restaurant or play some volleyball with your bros, there's a spot along the Lake Michigan shore for you. Get out of your apartment and find the perfect spot to hit the sand with our comprehensive list of Chicago's beaches.


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12th Street Beach

Located on Northerly Island, this Near South Side beach is just a short walk from Museum Campus and typically hosts an array of summer events. Amenities: concessions, restrooms, life guard first aid station, non-motorized boat launch.

  1. 1200 S Lynn White Dr
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31st Street Beach

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This South Side beach features amazing views of the Chicago skyline in addition to a harbor for small boats. A nearby park includes a picnic area and a public fishing dock. Amenities: concessions, restrooms, lockers, life guard first aid station, playground.

  1. 31st St, (at Lake Shore Dr)
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57th Street Beach

Located in Jackson Park, one of Chicago's oldest parks, 57th Street Beach is easily accessible via a pedestrian underpass near the Museum of Science and Industry. Amenities: concessions, restrooms, life guard first aid station.

  1. 5700 S Lake Shore Dr
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63rd Street Beach

If you need a beach vacay but can't get away right this second, head to 63rd Street Beach and its beach house, where kids can kite-surf, use free volleyball equipment and go berserk in the interactive spray fountain. Amenities: concessions, restrooms, playgrounds, life guard first aid station.

  1. 6300 S Lake Shore Dr, (Lake Shore Drive and Hayes Drive)
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Calumet Beach

Located near the Indiana state line, getting to Calumet Beach can be a bit of a journey. The beach connects to a sprawling park that offers an artificial turf soccer field and fields for football and softball. Amenities: concessions, restrooms, lockers, playground, life guard first aid station.

  1. 9801 S Avenue G, (100th Street and Avenue G)
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Columbia Beach

South of Loyola Beach and north of North Shore Beach in Rogers Park, Columbia Beach offers great views of downtown Chicago.

  1. 1040 W Columbia Ave
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Fargo Beach

Located on the crowded strip of Rogers Park beaches, right next to Jarvis Beach, the waters of Fargo are (thankfully) not a cold as its name implies.

  1. 1300 W Fargo Ave, (Sheridan Road)
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Foster Avenue Beach

This popular Lincoln Park beach offers a beach house with concessions and bike rentals in addition to an adjoining dog beach for everyone's favorite four-legged friends. Amenities: restrooms, water sports rentals, bike rentals, free wifi, life guard first aid station.

  1. 5200 N Lake Shore Dr, (Foster Ave and Lake Shore Dr)
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Hartigan Beach

Formerly known as Albion Beach, this street-end beach has a playground and is a great spot to catch some rays and enjoy the waters of Lake Michigan.

  1. 1031 W Albion Ave, (Sheridan Rd)
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Howard Beach

Situated next to a park, Howard Beach gives visitors the choice of soaking up rays on the sand or relaxing in the shade. Amenities: playground.

  1. 7519 N Eastlake Terrace, (Howard Street)
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Jarvis Beach

Escape from the crowds at this small Rogers Park beach, just a few blocks away from the Jarvis Red Line stop.

  1. 1208 W Jarvis Ave, (Sheridan Road)
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Juneway Terrace Beach

The Park District's northernmost beach gives visitors one more chance swim before they leave the city limits.

  1. 7751 N Eastlake Terrace, (Sheridan Road)
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Lane Beach

This Edgewater beach is connected to a small park and just a short walk away from the much larger Osterman Beach to the south. Amenities: playground.

  1. 5915 N Sheridan Rd, (Thorndale Avenue)
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Leone Beach

This Rogers Park beach has a kayak launch and plenty of sandy acres to enjoy. Don't be suprised if you see members of the Juinor Lifeguard program training in the lake. Amenities: playground, restrooms, life guard first aid station.

  1. 1222 W Touhy Ave, (at Sheridan Rd)
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Loyola Beach

This beach attracts college students and families and features Lynn Takata's "Windform," an abstract concrete sculpture representing the movement of water. Amenities: concessions, restrooms, playground, life guard first aid station.

  1. 1230 W Greenleaf Ave, (Sheridan Road)
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Montrose Beach

A fenced-off dog area at this popular neightborhood beach provides a place for your pooch to run around. Elsewhere, visitors can play volleyball, sit under an umbrella or enjoy the free wifi. Amenities: concessions, kayak rentals, watersports rentals, restrooms, life guard first aid station.

  1. Lake Shore Dr, (between Wilson and Lawrence Aves)
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North Avenue Beach

As one of Chicago's most popular beaches, North Avenue Beach features a unique beach house inspired by a beached ocean liner. Visitors can hit the volleyball courts, grab a snack or rent a bike. Amenities: concessions, lockers, kayak rentals, jet ski rentals, watersports rentals, restrooms, life guard first aid station.

  1. 1600 N Lake Shore Dr, (at North Ave)
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North Shore Beach

Another street-end beach near Loyola University, North Shore Beach is full of families and students sharing a relaxing environment. Catch some rays or take a walk out on the pier.

  1. 1040 W North Shore Ave
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Oak Street Beach

One of Chicago's most popular places to sunbathe, this Gold Coast beach has volleyball tournaments, a restaurant and a spectacular view of the skyline. Amenities: concessions, bike rentals, watersports rentals, restrooms, life guard first aid station.

  1. 1000 N Lake Shore Dr, (Oak Street)
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Oakwood Beach

Chicago's newest beach on the South Side features a comfort station covered in a large mural by artist Jeff Zimmerman. Amenities: restrooms, life guard first aid station.

  1. 4100 S Lake Shore Dr, (Oakwood Boulevard)
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Ohio Street Beach

Located within walking distance of Navy Pier and sheltered by the curve of the shoreline, Ohio Street Beach offers calm waters for swimmers. Amenities: concessions, bike rentals, watersports rentals, restrooms, life guard first aid station.

  1. 400 N Lake Shore Dr, (at Ohio St)
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Osterman Beach

If your friends tell you they're going to Hollywood Beach, this is where they're headed. Located in north Lincoln Park, Osterman Beach has a LEED-certified beach house. Amenities: concessions, watersports rentals, restrooms, life guard first aid station, wifi.

  1. 5800 N Lake Shore Dr
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Rainbow Beach and Park

Part of the 60-acre Rainbow Park, this South Side beach is adjacent to one of Chicago's oldest public gardens. Amenities: concessions, playground, restrooms, life guard first aid station, wifi.

  1. 3111 E 77th St, (at South Shore Dr)
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Rogers Beach

Avoid the throngs of students and head north to this out-of-the-way Rogers Park beach. If swimming isn't your thing, try a few rounds in the nearby tennis courts.

  1. 7705 N Eastlake Terrace, (Rogers Avenue)
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South Shore Beach

As a part of the South Shore Cultural Center, this beach has something for everyone. A country club–esque beach house, golf course, tennis courts and nature sanctuary await visitors. Amenities: restrooms, life guard first aid station.

  1. 7059 S South Shore Drive
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