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Hours:
11am- 7pm

When to Go:
Weekdays

Seasonal Information:
Open Late-May to Early September

Important Information:
Parking is scarce at North Avenue Beach Chicago.

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  • North Avenue Beach Chicago near Lincoln Park is located on the shores of Lake Michigan.
  • The North Ave Beach Chicago is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day annually, and features more than 50 volleyball courts and a bike path.
  • Alcohol is prohibited at North Avenue Chicago Beach. 

Address:
1600 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
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Scenic Chicago Beach Attracts Lincoln Park's Most Beautiful

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Summary

FeaturesNorth Avenue Beach is Chicago's busiest beach between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The beach gets very crowded and you'll see singles, couples, families and groups of friends. It is a fairly large, well-maintained beach with rentals available, including chairs, bikes and volleyball equipment (there are 50 or more volleyball courts). You'll see many runners, cyclists and inline skaters on the lake shore path, as well as an outdoor mini fitness center and roller hockey rink. Probably the greatest attraction at North Avenue Beach is people-watching.

At the beachhouse, you'll find concessions, shops and restrooms, plus a popular casual restaurant on the second floor, Castaways, serving burgers, salads, wings, tropical drinks and more.

Take public transportation or walk if you can; otherwise, be sure to arrive early to find parking.

Why We Go: North Ave Beach Chicago is one of the top Summer hot-spots near Downtown Chicago, and its scenic views and ample room for outdoor activities make this Chicago beach one of the most popular summer attractions in Chicago.

  • Volleyball Courts: Whether you're an active participant or a spectator, the volleyball courts at North Avenue Chicago Beach are one of the main draws with the athletic crowd at this Chicago park Downtown.
  • Outdoor Fun: From tanning and people-watching, to tossing around the Frisbee or football with friends, there are plenty of fun activities to enjoy at North Avenue Beach Chicago near the Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Castaway's: This bar and Chicago restaurant at North Ave Beach Chicago is popular with the scantily-clad crowd at this scenic Chicago beach, and serves cold beer and classic American eats on the shores of Lake Michigan. 

Inside Knowledge: Alcohol is prohibited at North Ave Beach Chicago. However, if you choose to take your chances by smuggling a few adult beverages to the shores of Lake Michigan, note that there are many police officers patrolling this popular Chicago beach, and they're not afraid to check your cooler.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Bring the Kids: The young ones will enjoy making sand castles, swimming and running around at this popular family friendly attraction in Chicago.
  • Do Check the Water Quality: Visit the Chicago Park District Web site to the left and check the water quality of Lake Michigan before you head out to this beautiful Chicago beach in Lincoln Park. 
  • Don't Go on Weekends: Weekends at North Avenue Beach Chicago are especially crowded and parking is nearly impossible, so if you have the opportunity, we recommend visiting the beach on weekday afternoons. 
  • Don't Run on the Bike Path: The bike path at the Chicago North Avenue Beach is great in the morning or after dusk, but can be beyond crowded during peak hours, and many Chicago runners choose to avoid it.