Summer in Chicago means you'll soon be sipping on tropical cocktails, like these amazing daiquiris, or spending all day on sunny rooftops. There's also baseball to be watched and summer music festivals, but you shouldn't forget about dedicating some time to Chicago’s amazing beaches. Find the perfect sunbathing spot, play a game of volleyball and cool off in Lake Michigan at any of these Chicago beaches.
When do Chicago beaches open for the 2016 season?
Chicago's beaches open on Friday, May 27, 2016.
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Best beaches in Chicago
A fenced-off dog area at this popular neighborhood 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, water sports rentals, restrooms, life guard first aid station.
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, water sports rentals, restrooms, life guard first aid station.
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.
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, food and drink concessions.
Best outdoor restaurants in Chicago
Peel off those winter layers, get some fresh air and find the best things to do in the summer. There are only so many blue sky days so don't wait to start dining on the patios, decks and gardens of these amazing Chicago restaurants. From Mexican restaurants to spots for Italian food, here's where to eat outside.