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North Avenue Beach, Chicago

(4.2/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
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  • For those who love the beach this is a nice place. Not too much to do except sit on the sands or hang out for informal dining. Great city views from here. I wouldn't spend more that 30 mins to 1 hour ...  more »
  • North Avenue Beach is a great recreation area in Chicago. In the summer it is alive with beach volleyball and sunbathers as well as hikers, bikers, etc. on the bike trail that flanks the beach area.  more »
  • We were just relaxed a bit in north AV. Beach after a round at the nearby Lincoln Park; the beach was practically empty, there were about a dozen people, probably because we were at the end of September ... better so we could enjoy the beach and the Lake safely. Take a bath, turn around and see the Chicago skyline is an experience a must try!!
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  • It's a very nice beach fun they have the castaway right next to it ... so you can get a drink or meal . There's park right at the beach which is great. You feel pretty safe there's always police present there which is go if your with your kids till close which is at 11 like us. They also have jet ski and pedal board rental which is pretty cool and fun all in all take you kids have fun get a tan
  • A beach in a city? YES PLEASE! Before you put on that screen screen, there's a few things to note: 1) North Avenue Beach is a beach more for summer activities and sun bathing. Even on a hot day, keep in mind Lake Michigan is COLD. This is not your Santa Monica beach. It's still the Midwest! 2) There's a fun boardwalk but it's always very crowded with bikers, runners, kids, etc. 3) The volleyball courts go fast, but if you can snag one, you'll bound for a great day!
  • I used to love this beach but the quality has decreased over the years. Many times during the summer the beach is filthy and is one of the dirtier beaches in Chicago. The view of the city there is beautiful and if it is not a holiday the crowd is decent. During holidays it is best for families with children to avoid the area. I have seen massive fist fights break out near the beach house. It seems to an extent people from the suburbs come here trash the area, cause trouble, and leave. At night the view of the city is amazing and it is great to walk along the beach.
  • If you can get by here early on a week day it's quiet and not crowded. The weekends tend to be packed to the gills. The water is cold, which is great on a hot day. There are bike, paddle board and chair/umbrella rentals available. If you live near the 72 bus it takes you straight here so you don't have to worry about parking.
  • it's a really nice and relaxing beach.. Chicago Air Show is a must see air show.