In partnership with Time Out Chicago – and in anticipation of our TENTH year in Grant Park – we’re showcasing the best of the best of the Windy City. Last time we shared our top dance clubs to keep the party going, and now we’re helping you kick off summer with the five finest Chicago beaches.
If you’re not a Chicago native, you might be surprised to discover that the city’s eastern edge is lined with gorgeous beaches. At many of these sandy strips, you can rent kayaks, jet skis and more. But the best thing to do on Chicago beaches? Relax and soak up the sun. Here are our five favorites.
One of Chicago’s most popular places to sunbathe, this Gold Coast beach has volleyball tournaments, a restaurant and a spectacular view of the skyline. Amenities: concessions, bike rentals, watersports rentals, restrooms, life guard first aid station.
As one of Chicago’s most popular beaches, North Avenue Beach features a unique beach house inspired by a beached ocean liner. Visitors can hit the volleyball courts, grab a snack or rent a bike. Amenities: concessions, lockers, kayak rentals, jet ski rentals, watersports rentals, restrooms, life guard first aid station.
Located within walking distance of Navy Pier and sheltered by the curve of the shoreline, Ohio Street Beach offers calm waters for swimmers. Amenities: concessions, bike rentals, watersports rentals, restrooms, life guard first aid station.
Located in Jackson Park, one of Chicago’s oldest parks, 57th Street Beach is easily accessible via a pedestrian underpass near the Museum of Science and Industry. Amenities: concessions, restrooms, life guard first aid station.
This South Side beach features amazing views of the Chicago skyline in addition to a harbor for small boats. A nearby park includes a picnic area and a public fishing dock. Amenities: concessions, restrooms, lockers, life guard first aid station, playground. The Seuss-like playground is wavy and curvy with lots of things to climb on: monkey bars, slides, net-like things.
Find more beaches in Time Out Chicago’s Chicago beaches guide.