For hours, parking info, beach closing information and more
details on the beaches, visit chicagoparkdistrict.com/facilities/beaches.
Forget fighting the crowds at North Avenue or Oak Street
beaches. There are 33 beaches along the lakefront and some of the
best for families are the ones you might never hear about.
Rogers Park is famous for its small neighborhood beaches at the
ends of the east/west streets. We like the one at the end of Jarvis
Avenue. This is the place to see local families and elderly
beachgoers swimming in their rubber bathing caps. These beaches are
less manicured than some of the larger ones, but make up in privacy
what they lack in glamour.
A little farther south, Hollywood Beach is a beautiful,
sheltered cove of sand. Families will find it best to congregate on
the north end of the beach, where the water is shallow and more
family friendly. A boardwalk ramp runs down to the water, making
this beach one of the most stroller and wheelchair friendly in the
Our new favorite beach is known as the 12th or 14th Street Beach
at Northerly Island, just south of Adler Planetarium. This beach
has the most expensive parking, but if you combine it with a
morning at the Museum Campus and pack a lunch, you can walk around
the breakwall to the beach and have a perfect Chicago day. The
beach itself is very clean with a grassy area to play and eat, a
snack stand/restroom and beautiful views of the city.
The 31st Street beach in Burnham Park has rough sand, but also a
nice grassy area, and is perfect for walking or biking up the
lakeshore path. One of the best things here is the huge
Our family's best south Chicago beach is definitely 63rd Street
beach. With a great wading fountain for little ones, a sparkling
beach and the largest and oldest beach house in Chicago, this beach
is a must-visit for history buffs and beachgoers alike. Free
parking, lots of shells and lake glass, grills and a picnic area,
and a ramp down to the water really offer something for
Each Chicago beach has its own individual attractions and
character. Map out a summer plan that lets you explore them all to
find your family's new favorite.
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