North Avenue Beach

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North Avenue Beach
Lincoln Park

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.

Venue name: North Avenue Beach
Address: 1600 N Lake Shore Dr

Cross street: North Ave
Transport: El: Brown to Sedgwick, Red to Clark/Division. Bus: 22, 36, 72, 73, 151, 156.
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  • Sunday March 6 2016 Free
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Laura R

This is the beach to go to if you want to see and be seen. It's also got an unparalleled view of the Chicago skyline, as it's basically in the heart of it all. It's a great beach to take a stroll on the pier. Just note: it gets super packed.

Sandy W

DO NOT MISS the Chicago Air&Water Show!

There are huge crowds on Sat. & Sun., so here's a Chicago secret: you can see almost the same show on Friday, when all the planes rehearse - but, without the 1.5M people each day on the lakefront. Take the afternoon off!

If you don't mind huge crowds, you may find yourself going BOTH days - Sat. & Sun., the event is that great!!