Of the many things to love about summer in Chicago, the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan are among the most treasured parts of the season. With more than 20 beaches along 28 miles of freshwater shoreline to choose from, the city's east end offers countless opportunities for sunbathing, swimming and having fun—from playing fetch with your dog at Montrose Beach to volleyball and stand-up paddleboarding at North Avenue Beach to hiking the dune-covered nature preserve near the South Shore Cultural Center.
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After your swim, grab a cold beer or a margarita at one of the best outdoor bars in Chicago that set up shop along the beach for gorgeous waterfront vistas. We might only get about four months a year to bask in these incredible Chicago attractions, but the best Chicago beaches are here to help you make the most out of the city's glorious warm weather.
Note: Chicago beaches open May 27.