North Avenue Beach

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North Avenue Beach
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North Avenue Beach

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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Clayton Guse

North Avenue Beach during the peak of summer is my personal nightmare. I'm not the biggest fan of beaches in general, but I can get into a calm, contained beach—North Ave is neither. 

Carrie G

The reviews show that different beaches appeal to different Chicagoans. For me, North Ave beach is full of bros trying to impress pretty girls. It's crowded to the brim with the drunk early-twenties crowd, which is no longer my community of choice. If you prefer a quieter atmosphere, walk a couple hundred yards north and set up closer to Fullerton. You can still easily reach the bathrooms and food service options nearby at North Ave, but you'll have more space and less fear of drunken fights around you. 

Nick Kotecki

Yes. This is the beach of all beaches in Chicago—a perfect view, plenty of sun and lots of friendly faces. Sometimes a few too many, so be sure to stake out space for a towel or two early.

Madeline N

Yes, it can get a bit crowded in the summer, and even though its summer, the water is still freezing, but its pretty sweet that we have a beach right next to the heart of downtown Chicago. The view of the skyline is absolutely amazing and its never so crowded that you cant find a nice spot to sit with your friends.

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!!