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North Avenue Beach, Chicago

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  • This is the closest Chicago can come to a Miami or California beach. Awesome views and activities. Lot of people come lay here have a gr8 time! Summers are busy and the best time of the year to be her...  more »
  • We actually drove by North Avenue Beach a couple of times while getting around the city. It looked like a cool little spot so we decided to go for a long walk along Lake Michigan on our last morning i...  more »
  • This is a beach with all kinds of activities. You can rent a bicycle and ride along the lakefront or you can go swimming while lounging on the sandy beach. The Castaways provides food and drinks with ...  more »
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  • What a great spot! My roommates and I were visiting a friend who lives in Lincoln Park and needed a place to chill for a bit after walking all around the city. Even with the temperature being chilly, the beach was so beautiful and relaxing. I found tons of sea glass and loved the view of Chicago from the beach. Will definitely be making a stop here during my next visit to Chicago!
  • Great beach with parking, bathrooms, shower, water dispensers and shaded grass area to sit under. Also you can rent a kayak, bicycles etc. Lots to do here. Also there are restaurants nearby.
  • Clean, safe, fun. Way better than I expected. Was here for the recent Chicago Air and Water show, and we just loved the beach, the Lakefront trail and all of the places to explore and hangout along the way. Stayed nearby and walked through Lincoln Park and over the foot bridge to get here. Even photographed an amazing sunrise one morning. Great place!
  • Went here in June 2017. Beach had a nice view of the city. Sand was so hot you could not walk barefoot on it because it would burn your feet. Water was very dirty with items floating around in it. Was a mix of young people and families here. Parking in the Beach lot was expensive, so we didn't stay past 2 hours. Later that evening we saw on the news that two people were stabbed at the beach a few hours after we left. I'm sure an isolated incident, but after everything mentioned above, prob won't visit there again.
  • My favorite beach in Chicago! The big boat shaped restaurant is cute, you can buy alcohol, there are volleyball nets, and a good amount of space.

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