Howard Beach

Situated within Howard (URE) Beach Park, Howard Beach boasts 3.93 acres of parkland including a beach, green area with benches, and a playground. Located in the Rogers Park neighborhood, this local gem is a great place to soak in the rays on sandy beach or relax under a shady park tree. Nearby to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Beach House, visitors love scenic views and a family-friendly playground area.

Howard Beach History

In the late 1950s, the Chicago Park District acquired a number of street-end beaches to offer apartment dwellers in Rogers Park and other far North Side neighborhoods a respite from city living. The parks were (and are) staffed with lifeguards but do not offer changing rooms or other facilities.

During this time, the Bureau of Parks and Recreation identified beaches by adjacent street names—hence the adjoining Howard Avenue. The street itself is named after Rogers Park pioneer Howard Ure. His son, John Calder Ure, began farming the Rogers Park area in the mid-19th century. The right-of-way for Howard Avenue was later donated to the city by John F. Ure, John Calder’s son.

Howard Beach Details

The beach is open daily from 6am to 11pm, but swimming is only permitted when lifeguards are on duty from 11am to 7pm. Smoking, alcohol, and dogs are not allowed on the beach. The park features designated grilling areas for picnicking families. There is no paddle board or sport access at Howard Beach.

This family-friendly respite is popular among visitors looking to rest under the shady tree-covered area or have playtime with children on the playground. Unlike nearby rocky beaches, Howard Beach has plenty of sand for visitors to stretch out on and soak in the sun and lakefront breeze.

Take the CTA Red Line to Howard station, or find limited streetfront parking.

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