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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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.Read more
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.Read more