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North Avenue Beach: Tours & Tickets

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1600 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60613
Lincoln Park
312 747 0832
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is definitely one of the places to be on a warm summer day. Beachfront, volleyball nets, snacks available.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Sharon F
Reviewed 20 August 2019 via mobile

First visit to Chicago and had to see Lake Michigan. The beach was beautiful, clean and had attentive lifeguards. Enjoyed some time swimming and sitting on the beach. Great way to cool off after walking through the zoo and over elevated crosswalk to the beach...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank rmilledgeville
Reviewed 20 August 2019 via mobile

Nice beach with a pedestrian bridge that takes you to Lincoln Park Zoo. The parking lot at the Zoo is expensive. $35 for 5 hours but the zoo is no charge.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Ice1028
Reviewed 13 August 2019

Visited in late July. it was packed, but beautiful and the water was VERY COLD, colder even then the North Atlantic ocean we were used to. We rented chairs, we should have packed better snacks or lunch but there were nearby eateries. No alcohol allowed...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Departure48798559108
Reviewed 5 August 2019 via mobile

Lots of family picnics, grills, tents, hammocks, strollers, etc. Places to rent umbrellas, bikes, jet skis and kayaks. Lots of people watching. Lots of white skin. Cement all over. Lay in grass or on cement. Great skyline view of city! A must if you are...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Jessica B
Reviewed 4 August 2019

I live in Chicago and tend to visit the beaches when friends are in town. This beach is lovely but potentially dangerous. My friends six year old found a piece of glass. In closer inspection of the sand small pieces of glass were prevalent. We...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank munchkin19
Reviewed 1 August 2019 via mobile

While in Chicago for the weekend, my husband and I rented Divvy Bikes and rode them along the North Ave Beach shore on the trail right along the bike path adjacent to the water for about 2 hours! It was super hot out, but it...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank JameAndDare
Reviewed 25 July 2019

Where else besides Chicago that you can find this long and beautiful fresh water beach on Lake Michigan? North Avenue Beach is a walkable or bike-able beach next to the Lincoln Park Zoo. You can bike on the Lakefront Trail connecting from the Oak Street...More

Date of experience: July 2019
2  Thank David L
Reviewed 25 July 2019

Very clean, just needs more parking and bathrooms. If you are at the North Volleyball courts, you are pretty far from parking, bathrooms or any food/drink options.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Voyage04710535911
Reviewed 13 July 2019 via mobile

I had the Fish Tacos. They weren’t huge, they weren’t filled to the top with citrus cole slaw, they did have guacamole and were great. My only complaint was, there were only three. Suggestion: orders some fries.

Date of experience: July 2019
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11 August 2018|
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Response from Snowbank79 | Reviewed this property |
The parking lot is open from 11am-7pm. After doing a bit of research I discovered that the parking lot at North Ave Beach will be closed for the air and water show. Also, keep in mind that there will be street closures for... More
Keri M
16 August 2017|
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Response from RusPat_704 | Reviewed this property |
If you are thinking about driving for the sir and water show, parking is restricted and you will not get a spot there. Access is free. However at other times, There is limited parking at the beach. You would need to take... More
30 May 2017|
Response from T G | Reviewed this property |
I'd go with Oak Street beach! It's more of a mature crowd there vs North Ave having a younger crowd. If you want to have fun, and do things like volleyball, bike tour, jet ski, etc. Then North Ave is it, but Oak Street is... More