Map of Chicago Beaches from ChicagoTraveler.com

Chicago Beaches

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Map of Chicago Illinois

Map of Chicago Illinois

The beaches are easily one of the top Chicago attractions every summer. Use this map to locate some of the most popular of Chicago's lake Michigan lakefront beaches. Click anywhere on the map to see a list of the Chicago beach locations and find contact information.

Note: This map does not include all the beaches in Chicago, just the ones we have identified as most popular. Also, the beach locations on the map are approximate. Some have been adjusted to improve the readability of the map page. No liability is assumed for the locations presented here. 

The Most Popular Beaches in Chicago include:

  • Illinois Beach State Park
  • Rogers Ave. Beach
  • Pratt Boulevard Beach
  • Kathy Osterman Beach
  • Foster Avenue Beach
  • Montrose Dog Beach
  • North Ave. Beach
  • Oak Street Beach
  • Olive Park Beach
  • 12th Street Beach
  • 31st Street Beach
  • 57th Street Beach
  • 63rd Street Beach
  • South Shore Beach
  • Rainbow Beach

Beaches in Chicago

Gold Coast Chicago Illinois

The Windy City is home to some of the best beaches in all of the Midwest

While you're not likely to think of a beautiful beach shore when you picture Chicago, the Windy City is home to some of the best beaches in all of the Midwest. Located on scenic Lake Michigan - the country's third-largest lake - Chicago beaches act as a pleasant oasis just steps from the urban jungle that is Downtown Chicago. Popular during the sweltering Summer months, the beaches of Chicago are a must-see for Chicago travelers visiting the Windy City from May - October.

For more information on where to find the best beaches Chicago, scroll below and use our helpful Chicago beach map.

Hotels near Chicago's Beaches

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The Allerton Hotel Chicago
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Restaurants near Chicago's Beaches

Attractions near Chicago's Beaches

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360 Chicago Observation Deck Located in Gold Coast Sights of Chicago

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Lookingglass Theatre Located in Streeterville Chicago Theater District

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Loyola Museum of Art Located in Magnificent Mile ArtsyCulturalFamily FriendlyHistoricMuseumRomantic

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North Chicago Beaches

The Chicago beaches map extends from north to south along the sandy shores of Lake Michigan. The northernmost Lake Michigan beaches include the Juneway Terrace Beach, which is connected to Rogers Avenue Beach - one of the smaller beaches on the Chicago beach map. Rogers and Juneway together make up just over one block of real estate, and offer recreational activities for Chicago travelers that include tennis courts.

Chicago Beach in the Summer

Locate Chicago's the most popular lakefront beaches

Located just south on the beaches of Chicago map is perhaps the most well-reviewed beach in Chicago, the Kathy Osterman Beach. Formerly called "Hollywood Beach", this Near North Side Chicago beach is populated mostly by families on the north side, and the south side is a predominantly gay-friendly portion of the beach. Known for its smooth sand, clean shores and diverse crowd, this quiet Chicago beach is popular with tourists and locals of all different backgrounds.

A few miles south of the Kathy Osterman Chicago Beach is the Montrose Dog Beach. This pet friendly Chicago beach is regularly filled with furry friends hoping to cool off in the comfortable Lake Michigan water. A favorite with dog-owners and families alike, the Montrose Dog Beach is open year-round, and allows your dog to exercise in a clean and open environment.

Near North Side Beaches in Chicago

The Chicago Beach Map in the Near North Side offers up two of the most popular Chicago IL beaches, North Avenue Beach and Oak Street Beach.

Located on the Gold Coast of Chicago close to prominent Chicago buildings and attractions - including the John Hancock Observatory Tower - Oak Street Beach attracts a slightly more mature crowd than that of North Avenue Chicago Beach. However, that's not to say this favorite beach in Chicago doesn't know how to have a good time. Oak Street Beach is clean and spacious, and there are volleyball courts set up throughout for Chicago travelers hoping to squeeze in some exercise on their day trip to the beach.

Northern Chicago and Beach in the Summer

Northern Chicago and Beach in the Summer

North Avenue Beach is located just three miles north of Oak Street, and has a reputation for being Chicago's "party beach" on the weekends. There are tons of volleyball courts, as well as a (usually crowded) biking and running path for active Chicago travelers. North Avenue Beach is where locals and tourists visit to "see and be seen", and is particularly popular with 20-somethings and college students.

The South Side Beaches of Chicago

Some of the best Chicago IL beaches on the map are located in the South Side of Chicago, where the crowds are somewhat smaller but the scenery is just as beautiful.

A favorite Chicago beach with locals, and a hidden gem most Chicago tourists tend to overlook is Promontory Point. Located near Hyde Park, this man-made point jets out towards Lake Michigan, providing beach-goers with an isolated area to swim or lay out on their smooth rocks. One of the best Chicago sunset destinations, Promontory Point in Chicago is perhaps the most relaxing beach on the Chicago Beaches Map.

Other popular beaches in Chicago just south of Promontory Point include the 63rd Street Beach and Pier in Woodlawn, as well as the South Shore and Rainbow Beaches, respectively.

For more information on fun Chicago things to do in the Summer, browse our guide of the some best Chicago attractions and free Chicago activities perfect for first-time visitors in Chicago.