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||Contact:|
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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Chicago Polar Plunge
If they did it just for kicks, we'd agree these plungers were a little crazy for wearing next to nothing and jumping into icy Lake Michigan during March's freezing temps. But they're taking a dip to raise money for the Special Olympics Chicago, too. Vince...Sunday March 5 2017 Free
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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.
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.
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.
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!!