Edging Lake Michigan, Chicago is an urban playground with miles of sandy beaches lining the lakefront. Surrounded by soaring skyscrapers and the vibrant energy of the Windy City, Chicago’s 23 beautiful beaches have a unique vibe and feel. Whether you want to soak up the sun, play a game of volleyball, build a sandcastle, spark up the grill or swim in the lake, you’ll find sandy adventures at Chicago’s pristine lakeside beaches.
Chicago beaches are free and open daily during the summer, beginning Memorial Day weekend! Throw on your swimsuit and shades, grab a lounge and cooler, and spend a day relaxing on the beaches of Chicago. If you’re not sure which sandy stretch to head to, here are Chicago’s top beaches and urban lakeside chill spots.
In Chicago’s Gold Coast, Oak Street Beach is a chic haven for sporting your new suit, hanging with the beautiful people, and soaking up the sun. Oak Street Beach offers deep-water swimming, volleyball nets, andarunning/biking/skating path. Walk to waterfront restaurants that line Chicago’s most popular beach.
1. A high-energy haven in Lincoln Park, North Avenue Beach is a bustling spot for picnics, pick-up games of volleyball and biking along the path that edges the sand. This beach features volleyball nets, a concession stand and Castaways Bar & Grill.
2. Montrose Beach in Uptown is a relaxing, casual stretch that is popular with families. Bring the kids, the dog and a portable grill and dig your toes in the sand for a blissful afternoon in Chicago. Parking is free!
3. With its laid back vibe, Ohio Street Beach in the Streeterville neighborhood is perfect for catching rays and reading a book. This beach offers open-water lap swimming, food vendors and a lakeside bike path.
4. Boasting spectacular views of Chicago, the 31st Street Beach in Burnham Park is a playful and peaceful strand where families relax, play and enjoy picnics on the sand. This Chicago beach has a playground, concession stand and a fishing pier.