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Best Beach Spots On Chicago's Lakefront

Updated: Jan 26, 2023

This summer you would want to go to a place where you can take some fresh air, take a quick swim or just lay there with the feel the breeze of the sea, sand below, and have peace within. Check out these best beach spots in Chicago where you can do lots of activities with friends and family.

12th Street Beach

Location: 1200 S Linn White Dr,

Chicago, IL 60605

Make a day of it by visiting this Near South Side beach—located within Northerly Island Park. The beach also hosts great fishing and swimming. Amenities: concessions, restrooms, lifeguard first aid station, non-motorized boat launch.

North Ave Beach

Location: 1600 N Lake Shore Dr,

Chicago, Illinois 60614

This is the ever-popular beach and one of the busiest beaches in the city during the summer months, it features a quirky beach house inspired by a beached ocean liner. Visitors can hit the volleyball courts, grab a snack or rent a bike.

31st Street Beach

Location: 31st Street Beach Chicago, IL 60616

This beach is a go-to for they have Promontory Point, bird sanctuaries, nature trails, and a popular skate park. Take a walk to the south at the harbor they have a green-roof picnic area, a public fishing dock, and a harbor store.

Oak Street Beach

Location: 1000 N Lake Shore Dr

Chicago, Illinois 60611

One of Chicago's most popular places to sunbathe. If you’re looking for sun, it’s best to get here early before it sinks behind the buildings. This Gold Coast beach has volleyball tournaments, a restaurant, and a spectacular view of the skyline.

Foster Beach

Location: 5200 N Lake Shore Dr

Chicago, Illinois 60660

This popular Edgewater attraction offers a beach house. There are so many activities that they offer on this beach. They have bike rentals, water sports rentals, and you can even bring your four-legged best friends to their dog beach.

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