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North Avenue Beach

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Photograph: Max HermanNorth Avenue Beach

Time Out says

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.


1600 N Lake Shore Dr
Cross street:
North Ave
El: Brown to Sedgwick, Red to Clark/Division. Bus: 22, 36, 72, 73, 151, 156.
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Chicago Polar Plunge

Brave the cold and head to North Avenue Beach this March for the Chicago Polar Plunge, which sends thousands of shivering participants into the icy waters of Lake Michigan to raise money for the Special Olympics Chicago. Can't make it to North Aveunue this year? The fundraiser is also offering a virtual edition, giving you some creative freedom to jump into a snow bank, a cold shower or pour a bucket of water over your head as you support Chicago's Special Olympians.

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