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North Avenue Beach, Chicago

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North Avenue Beach is located in Lincoln Park at 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive (North Ave. @ Lake Michigan). As one of Chicago's most popular beaches, the beach features a unique and popular beach house that contains 22,000 square feet of space that features something for everyone and is permanently docked along this popular beach. This sleek, ocean liner-inspired building, decked out in a crisp blue and white, boasts one of the best views in the city. The beach house has upper decks and portholes for looking at the magnificent horizon or the multitudes of bikers, runners, walkers and rollerbladers streaming down the lakefront trail. In May 2000, Mayor Richard M. Daley dedicated the North Avenue Beach House during a grand opening event for the public that included games for kids, free sand pails, refreshments and a jazz band.

North Avenue Beach offers an array of amenities and recreational opportunities for beach goers to enjoy that include:

Castaways Bar and Grill is the best location on North Avenue Beach for great food and ice cold drinks. The first level features an ice cream café and beachside burgers with casual walk-up stands. The rooftop features tasty appetizers, sandwiches, fresh salads and refreshing desserts.

Sun and Moon Beach Yoga offers outdoor beach yoga seven days a week at North Avenue Beach for all levels during sun-rise, late morning and during the sunset.

Boucher Brothers offering top of the line luxury lounge chairs and large umbrellas.

SUP Board Company offers beach goers a chance to hit the waves with wakeboard and paddle board rentals.

Kayak Chicago, the premier full service outfitter in Chicago, offers kayak rentals at North Avenue Beach.

Rent jetskis from Windy City Watersports!

Rent volleyball courts and equipment by calling (312) 742-3776. Courts rent for $10 per hour. Equipment rental is $10 with valid ID. Reserve up to six days in advance.

There is an ADA accessible beach walk and restrooms available. Three ATM machines located at the beach house. Distance swimming is available at beaches 3 & 4 (north of boathouse), parallel to shore. Paid parking lot is also available with limited parking; therefore, public transportation is highly encouraged.
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  • I went in cold season, so there were no people on the beach bathing. The view of the city is very nice, it is a nice walk to walk and enjoy the skyline of Chicago. I recommend going, you can visit the Lincoln Park, the ZOO and then walk to the beach, it's a very good walk.
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  • Not many venture out here but you get a different perspective. Not very far though but fewer people here. Good places to hang about and have some drinks nearby as well.  more »
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  • We had a really amazing time at this beach. The family was excited about visiting a beach in the middle of a metropolis. It gave us the opportunity to visit the city, shop and play in the water all in the middle of a bustling city. I can't wait to visit again!
  • Nice enough beach by Chicago standards. But always really really crowded by a pretty bro-y population. Jet ski and paddle board rentals hear are really fun! Lots of spaces for volleyball too

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