North Avenue Beach
North Avenue Beach
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,358 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Solo
My wife and I are very fortunate. We live in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, three blocks from North Avenue Beach, one of the city's most popular destinations for swimming, sun-bathing, biking, kayaking, jogging, roller blading, walking and other water activities. And don't forget sight-seeing. Located at 1600 North Lake Shore Drive, at North Avenue, North Avenue Beach offers a postcard picture view of Chicago's skyline, of Navy Pier and Lake Point Tower and the Drake Hotel and the Hancock building and the lakefront and Lake Michigan. The crown jewel of the beach is the ocean liner-inspired, 22,000-square-foot beach house that boasts restrooms, changing facilities, ATMs, beach retailers, private cabanas, rentals and the newly renovated Castaways Beach Club, a two-story restaurant and rooftop bar. Beach volleyball is a very popular activity. Established in 1934, North Avenue Beach is the hub for the annual Air & Water Show, a two-day event in mid-August that attracts over a million people to the lakefront. But plan accordingly. North Avenue Beach has a small parking lot with a pay gate. Plan on arriving early to land a spot or, better yet, take public transportation. The 22 Clark, 36 Broadway, 72 North, 73 Armitage, 151 Sheridan and 156 LaSalle CTA bus routes all offer access to North Avenue Beach.
Written 28 June 2024
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sanju_222323
New Jersey16,199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Chicago has 26 miles of beaches, yes you heard it right, 26 miles of beaches. when you hear Chicago, you imagine the Chicago skyline with the river, and tall buildings, downtown but it also has a fab beach just north of the Mag mile (Michigan Avenue).

North Avenue Beach is one of the most popular swimming spots in Chicago. it is a great one for families. Looking onto the water at North Avenue, this beach has it all. To the right is the city view we all know and love, The sandy beach has volleyball courts (like 100s of courts), plenty of space for visitors to stretch out, and multiple things to do nearby.

It is a nice spot perfect for relaxing, biking, and running. the beach features a unique and popular beach house which has something for everyone and is permanently docked along this popular beach

view from here is amazing and it's other side of the Chicago skyline (opposite to what you see from the Museum campus). John Hancock building dominates this skyline

The parking fee is too much though.
For 2 hours or less- it was $21
2-4 Hours = $28

Time: 7 AM- 11 PM Daily
Written 12 June 2024
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,358 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Follow me to the site of Chicago's picturesque postcard, a spectacular and panoramic view of the city's breath-taking skyline that dwarfs anything this side of Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite. Am I exaggerating just a little? Maybe so. But see for yourself. Walk east on North Avenue, past the Cardinal's mansion, go through the tunnel under North Lake Shore Drive, climb the grassy knoll, step across the concrete checkerboards, be alert for bikers and proceed along the path leading to North Avenue Beach and the breakwater in Lake Michigan. Find a comfortable spot on the grass, looking south across the water toward Oak Street Beach, the Drake Hotel, the Hancock Building and beyond. What a sight! On a clear day, you can see the high-rises along Lake Shore Drive, the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, Lake Point Tower, the Aon Building, the Willis Tower, Trump Tower, Aqua Tower, Water Tower Place and Vista Tower. No, you can't see the United Center or Millennium Park or the Chicago River. But it's Chicago. No doubt about it. It's a picturesque postcard you don't see in New York City or Los Angeles or Boston or Miami or Houston or Seattle. Do any of those cities have a beach within steps of their busiest downtown thoroughfare? With a backdrop of Lake Michigan, like a colorful prop in a Hollywood movie.
Written 23 August 2023
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,358 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
My wife and I have lived in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood since 1983, a few blocks from North Avenue Beach. But we never have gone swimming in Lake Michigan. Too cold. We prefer the Gulf of Mexico, which rises to 93 degrees in the summer. The water off North Avenue Beach struggles to reach 70 degrees. However, North Avenue Beach, located at 1600 North Lake Shore Drive in Lincoln Park, at the eastern terminus of North Avenue, is one of Chicago's most popular beaches because it is the home of the city's famous Air & Water Show and is a picturesque postcard for Chicago's spectacular skyline. It features a unique beach house that contains 22,000 square feet of space, a sleek, ocean liner-inspired building decked out in blue and white colors and featuring a restaurant that attracts multitudes of swimmers, sunbathers, bikers, runners, walkers and rollerbladers, many of whom stream down the Lakefront Trail. North Avenue Beach will be the show center for the 2022 Chicago Air and Water Show, a traditional event that annually draws 1 million people to the lakefront. The show was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic and was scaled down considerably in 2021. But it will return in full force from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 20-21. And there is no better place to view the festivities than while sitting on North Avenue Beach.
Written 9 July 2022
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,358 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021
One of the advantages of living where we do on Chicago's Gold Coast is the view. Since we moved into our apartment in 1983, we have enjoyed a picturesque view of North Avenue Beach, Lincoln Park and a front row seat for the annual Air and Water Show. Located at 1600 North Lake Shore Drive, at North Avenue and Lake Michigan, North Avenue Beach is one of Chicago's most popular beaches with the most picturesque view of Chicago's magnificent skyline. It also features a popular beach house that contains 22,000 square feet of space, a sleek ocean liner-inspired building that contains a restaurant, an ice cream cafe and facilities to rent volleyball courts, bicycles, kayaks, paddle boards, jet skis, lounge chairs, umbrellas, even sandals and chess tables. Outdoor beach yoga is offered seven days a week for all age levels. North Avenue Beach is also a popular gathering place for joggers and walkers and bicyclists. On the Lakefront Trail, you can stroll north from North Avenue Beach to Montrose Beach or south to Navy Pier. There is plenty of beachfront for swimmers and sun bathers. On a sunny summer day, it's an all-day activity. Parking is available in a paid lot but, be forewarned, there isn't much space so arrive early and take the North Avenue bus to the end of the line.
Written 15 June 2021
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Raymond
Los Angeles, CA958 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Cold but pretty and picturesque!! Walked our way from our Magnificent Mile / Michigan Avenue hotel towards North Ave Beach for a great shot of ChiTown Skyline Shots! Worth it!!
Written 19 September 2020
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Sal F
Brussels, Belgium301 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
One of the best places in the US. Chicago is an amazing place to visit. North Shore is beautiful in the summer.
Written 26 November 2019
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Sharon F
Ames, Iowa, United States143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019
This is definitely one of the places to be on a warm summer day. Beachfront, volleyball nets, snacks available.
Written 16 September 2019
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rmilledgeville
Milledgeville, GA84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
First visit to Chicago and had to see Lake Michigan. The beach was beautiful, clean and had attentive lifeguards. Enjoyed some time swimming and sitting on the beach. Great way to cool off after walking through the zoo and over elevated crosswalk to the beach area. Also saw lots of snack/food options as well as bike rentals, and jet ski rentals. Good place to visit for all ages
Written 19 August 2019
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Ice1028
Aurora, IL1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Nice beach with a pedestrian bridge that takes you to Lincoln Park Zoo. The parking lot at the Zoo is expensive. $35 for 5 hours but the zoo is no charge.
Written 19 August 2019
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