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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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  • Went for memorial day, it was crowded but there were plenty of police officers to check your bags and it made us feel safer about being there. Just don't stay too late into the day and you won't have many, if any problems. I'm about a 50 min drive from the beach and parking was somewhat expensive. We didn't know where the normal beach parking was, so we found a nearby parking garage.
  • It was fun we parked across from the beach near the zoos. Get there early to find good parking and so you can rent a volley ball net and ball and have some beach fun!!
  • The water and beach are amazing, love lake Michigan, plus it's a great location, only problem I see is they won't let you go very far, I was maybe only chin deep in water before getting yelled at by a lifeguard to move back, otherwise it's great!
  • Really enjoyed it there. Loved the music. Nice beach. Flat water for kids
  • Amazing views of Navy Pier and the Chicago skyline. The views also make running there much more enjoyable.

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