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How to get to Mamby on the Beach

Zach Long
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Zach Long

This weekend, the inaugural Mamby on the Beach festival will bring Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun, Phantogram and a host of electronic acts and DJs to a swath of sand on the city's South Side. It's the very first time that Oakwood Beach has hosted a music festival, so it's an unfamiliar locale for the majority of the city's seasoned fest-goers. Thankfully, there are plenty of transportation options available (including a free shuttle service) for anyone heading to the lakefront event on July 11 and 12. Pack some sunscreen, hope for sunny skies and make sure you know how to get to Mamby on the Beach with our comprehensive transportation guide.


You'll need to hop on the Green Line to make your way to Oakwood Beach, which is located near the 43rd St station. From there, you can catch a ride on the #43 bus east to Oakenwald Avenue, where a walkway provides access to the Lakefront Trail and Oakwood Beach.


Oakwood Beach is just steps away from the Lakefront Trail, and festival organizers are encouraging cyclists to make the trip by offering free bike parking. If you prefer to use a Divvy bike, the nearest stations are located in Mandrake Park at Cottage Grove Ave and Oakwood Blvd and at Cottage Grove Ave and 43rd St.


If you absolutely must drive, parking is available in the McCormick Marshalling Yard (3050 S Moe Drive) for $14 per day.


If you don't want to worry about fare cards or bike locks, Mamby on the Beach is offering free shuttles that will run between noon and 11pm on each day of the festival. You can catch a gratis ride to the beach just outside of the Cermak-Chinatown Red Line and Cermak-McCormick Green Line stations. 

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