North Avenue Beach

1600 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60613

happyly approved

Urban beach on Lake Michigan.

With a variety of areas to wander, North Avenue is bound to please your whole crew!

North Beach is a great family-friendly beach located north of the Loop and near River North and not too far from Lincoln Park.  If you are walking there is a pedestrian bridge that crosses Lakeshore to get to it.  It’s anchored by “Castaways” to the south, a large restaurant that is the best place to get burgers and ice cream.  The beach itself is huge depth-wise, and there is a nice, paved pathway, making it easy to walk along the beach and admire the view if you aren’t up for sunning and swimming.  There are lifeguards on-premise and chairs available for rent.  But it’s easy enough to bring your own blanket/towel and stretch out and relax.

Rules (per the park website)

  • Swim only when lifeguards are on duty.
  • Follow lifeguards’ instructions.
  • Only Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) are permitted. Person-children wearing PFDs should have an adult present.
  • No smoking.
  • No alcohol.
  • No dogs on the beach.
  • Do not feed birds or wildlife.
  • Dispose of trash and recycling in appropriate containers.
  • Grill in designated areas only and dispose of coals in red barrels.
  • Keep accessible beach walks clear. No bicycling, skateboarding or rollerblading is permitted in these areas.
  • Access to the Lake Michigan Water Trail for sports such as kayaking, canoeing and other non-motorized board or paddle sports is allowed at North Avenue Beach inside the "hook" at the southern end of the beach.   
  • Kiteboarding is not permitted at North Avenue Beach; kiteboarding is ONLY permitted at Montrose Beach.


Good for All Ages Has Food Pedestrian Bridges

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