Guide to Chicago Beaches. Yeah! Chicago beach season commences Friday, May 28 through Monday, September 6, 2021. The beaches are generally open from 6AM to 11PM. Following are the highlights of all the beaches. Check here for more details.
- Chicago has 26 miles of public beaches.
- Swimming is permitted when lifeguards are on duty from 11 AM to 7 PM.
- Generally there’s no smoking, alcohol and dogs allowed at the beach. Grilling and coal disposal is allowed in designated areas. See below for all beach rules and the Lake Michigan Water Trail rules.
As of May 18, 2021 it doesn’t look like, from the Chicago Park District website, that chair, umbrella and other equipment rental is going to be available in 2021. I read somewhere that they’re having a problem finding seasonal personnel so that may be part of it. That of course could change. I would just bring my portable chair or a towel if you’re planning on hanging out.
Read this before you swim at the beach
Guide to Chicago Beaches – Downtown
- North Avenue Beach, 1600 N Lake Shore Dr, North Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, (312) 742-3224. This beach is always crowded. There’s a field house with a restaurant, Castaways, restrooms and free wifi.
There’s beach volleyball available on a first-come-first-served-basis and sports equipment rental.Free City of Chicago “Chicago wifi”.
- Fullerton Beach, 2400 N. Lake Shore Dr, is technically part of North Avenue beach. Dining option is The Lakefront Restaurant.
- Oak Street Beach, 1000 N Lake Shore Dr, Oak Street and Lake Shore Drive,(312) 742-5121. This beach can get really crowded. There’s a beach house, a restaurant, Whispers on the Beach, and
sports equipment rentaland restrooms. When you’re sitting at the restaurant sipping your cocktail and looking out at the water it’s like being in the Caribbean.
- Ohio Street Beach, 600 N Lake Shore Dr, Ohio Street and Lake Shore Drive. This tiny little beach (some people call it Olive Beach) just north of Lake Point Tower doesn’t get as crowded as North Avenue and Oak Street. It’s in a little pocket that faces north. Walk through Jane Addams Memorial Park (formerly Milton Lee Olive Park) to get to it. There’s a beach house and restrooms. The dining option here is Caffe Oliva.
- 12th Street Beach, 1200 S Linn White Dr, Solidarity Drive and Linn White Drive, (773) 742-5121. This beach is nestled on the northern end of Northerly Island just south of Adler Planetarium on Chicago’s Museum Campus. It has a beach house, restrooms, and a concession Del Campo Tacos.
Guide to Chicago Beaches – North
- Juneway Beach, 7751 N Eastlake Terrace, Eastlake Terrace and Sheridan Road,(773) 262-8605. This beach is severely eroded and giant boulder revetments have been placed on the beach.
- Rogers Beach, 7705 N Eastlake Terrace, Rogers Avenue and Eastlake Terrace,(773) 262-1482 This beach is severely eroded and giant boulder revetments have been placed on the beach.
- Howard Beach, 7519 N Eastlake Terrace, Howard Street and Eastlake Terrace,(773) 262-8605. There’s a playground near the beach access point. This beach is severely eroded and giant boulder revetments have been placed on the beach.
- Fargo Beach, 1300 W Fargo Ave, Fargo and Sheridan Road,(773) 262-8605
- Marion Mahony Griffin Beach Park, 1208 W Jarvis Ave, Jarvis Avenue and Sheridan Road, (773) 262-8605
- Leone Beach, 1222 W Touhy Ave, Touhy Avenue and Sheridan Road, (773) 262-8605. Amenities include a field house, restrooms and a playground. Leone Beach has a park that runs south and abuts Loyola Park to the south.
- Loyola Beach, 1230 W Greenleaf Ave, Greenleaf Avenue and Sheridan Road, (773) 262-8605. This beach has a field house, restrooms, and a playground. Loyola Beach has a park that runs 4 blocks to the south ending at Pratt Avenue just north of Columbia Beach.
- Columbia Beach, 1040 W Columbia Ave, btwn Columbia Ave. & Pratt Blvd, (773) 262-8605. This beach has a beach house and restrooms.
Note: What’s the difference between a field house and a beach house? A beach that has a field house also has an adjacent park. The field house is where park activities occur, where the employees of the park are stationed and contains the restrooms. A beach house is a structure that houses the beach’s restrooms.
- North Shore Beach, 1040 W North Shore Ave, Between Albion Ave and North Shore Ave,(312) 742-7857
- Hartigan Beach, 1050 W Pratt Ave, Sheridan Road and Pratt, North Shore, Columbia or Albion,(773) 262-8605. Hartigan Beach is just north of Loyola University’s Lake Shore Campus.
- Tobey Prinz Beach, 1050 W Pratt, at Sheridan Rd in Rogers Park, (312) 742-7857.
- Lane Beach, 5915 N Sheridan Rd, Thorndale Avenue and Sheridan Road,(773) 761-0376. Lane Beach is connected to Osterman Beach to the south. Lane Beach has a playground.
- Osterman Beach, 5800 N Lake Shore Drive, Hollywood Avenue and Sheridan Road,(312) 742-5121. This beach (most people call it Hollywood Beach) has a beach house, sports equipment for rent, restrooms, free wifi and a food concession. A nearby nature area attracts migratory birds during spring and fall seasons. Osterman beach is at the northernmost point of Lincoln Park. Free City of Chicago “Chicago wifi”.
- Foster Beach, 5200 N Lake Shore Dr, Foster Ave and Lake Shore Dr,(312) 742-5121. Amenities include a beach house, sports equipment for rent, restrooms, and free wifi. A popular dog beach is also located at the northeast end of Foster Avenue Beach. Learn more about Chicago Park District Dog Friendly Areas. There’s ample free parking.
- Montrose Beach/ Montrose Harbor, 4400 N Lake Shore Dr, Montrose Avenue and Lake Shore Drive,(312) 742-5121. Amenities include a beach house, sports equipment for rent, restrooms, free wifi and a restaurant The Dock at Montrose. South of the recreational beach, is a wetlands, dunes and a bird habitat. You can also take sailing lessons at Montrose Harbor. Dogs are permitted only within the designated dog beach. There’s ample pay parking.
Guide to Chicago Beaches – South
- 31st Street Beach, 3100 S Lake Shore Dr,31st Street and Lake Shore Drive, (312) 742-5121. This beach has a beach house, restrooms, and a food concession stand. It’s part of Burnham Park. Dining option is Pier31.
- Oakwood Beach, 4100 S Lake Shore Dr, Oakwood Boulevard and Lake Shore Drive, (312) 742-5121. This beach has a beach house and restrooms. Hyde Park Lake Shore Cafe, 4900 S Lake Shore Dr, (773) 288-5815.
- 57th Street Beach, 5700 S Lake Shore Dr, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, (312) 742-5121. This beach has a beach house, restrooms, and food concession.
- 63rd Street Beach, 6300 S Lake Shore Dr, Lake Shore Drive and Hayes Drive, (312) 742-5121. This beach has a beach house, restrooms, sports equipment for rent and three food concessions. A spray pool play area is located in the west courtyard of the beach house, and there is play equipment right on the sand in front of the beach house. Dining option is Reggie’s on the Beach.
- South Shore Beach, 7059 S South Shore Drive, 71st Street and South Shore Drive, (773) 256-0149.South Shore Beach is part of the South Shore Cultural Center. The site is a 65-acre park with a 9 hole golf course, tennis courts and a circular beach house with restrooms and showers. The beach house is located just to the east of the Cultural Center on the beach. South Shore also has a nature sanctuary with sand dunes, a small wetland, the prairie landscape, woodland and a variety of wildlife in the area. Dining option is The Parrot Cage.
- Rainbow Beach, 3111 E 77th St, 79th Street and South Shore,(312) 745-1479. This beach has a beach house, restrooms, free wifi, a playground, and food concession. Rainbow Beach and Park is 60.98 acres including a community garden. A natural area located at the northeast end of the beach includes 9.18 acres of dune habitat.
- Calumet Beach, 9801 S Avenue G, 100th Street and Avenue G,(312) 747-6039. This beach has a beach house, restrooms, and three food concessions. websites).
Guide to Chicago Beaches – Other
- Humboldt Beach, 1400 N Sacramento Ave,North Avenue and Sacramento Avenue, (312) 742-7549. This beach is inland and in the Humboldt Park lagoon. Humboldt Park features a field house with fitness center, two gymnasiums and meeting rooms. soccer field, junior soccer field, a replica of the Chicago Cubs stadium, “Little Cubs Field,” the Puerto Rican Arts and Culture Museum, baseball fields, tennis courts and playgrounds. Opens June 25, 2021.
Please follow the rules while you’re at the beach:,
- Swim only when lifeguards are on duty.
- Follow lifeguards’ instructions.
- Only Coast Guard approved flotation devices are permitted.
- No smoking.
- No alcohol.
- No dogs on the beach.
- Do not feed birds or wildlife.
- Dispose of trash and recycling in appropriate containers.
- Grill in designated areas only and dispose of coals in red barrels.
- Keep accessible beach walks clear. No bicycling, skateboarding or rollerblading is permitted in these areas.
- There is no paddle or board sport access to the Lake Michigan Water Trail at Oak Street Beach.