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Oak Street Beach

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Gold Coast
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Address: 1000 N Lake Shore Dr, Oak St (1000 N) and Lake Michigan, Chicago, IL 60611-5303
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Great place for water sports and biking.

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A city beach

Don't let the newspaper report of violence scare you! Ok, I get it. It might. But, it's a fun beach to run, play and pretend to swim. The water is cold, the sand is rough. But... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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85 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Don't let the newspaper report of violence scare you! Ok, I get it. It might. But, it's a fun beach to run, play and pretend to swim. The water is cold, the sand is rough. But, it's a day at the beach! We enjoy it.

Thank momdadgirls
Flagstaff, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you walk along the Lakefront Trail, you'll see the Oak Street Beach. It's not particularly scenic or clean, so I wouldn't go out of my way to visit. Maybe it's better in the summer??

Thank CleopatraBunny
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Oak Street Beach is a offers great views at any time of the year, but late Spring through Summer it is has an electric atmosphere. With the John Hancock and Navy Pier as a backdrop it is a wonderful place to visit when visiting Chicago. During the summer it comes alive as they erect a bar/restaurant area and offer massages,... More 

Thank casa1234
Chicago, Illinois
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44 reviews
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

In the HOT summers in chicago a must go place. HOT bodies good city views and close to Michgan ave shopping and eateries.Lot's of activities around,

Thank alan s
Las Vegas, Nevada
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

It was nice and refreshing to see this in a big city. People were playing volleyball, swimming, and all other beachy things you might expect.

Thank anthmore
Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

When you least expect, a beach. With sand and everything. The best place for jogging. Wonderful view (on sunny days)

Thank Gabi0530
Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

Oak Street Beach is very clean and well-maintained. There are always fun things going on here and it is great for the entire family. Because of its proximity to downtown, it can get extremely busy. For people who may want a more relaxing beach experience, this may not be the place for you. I would suggest looking at South Side... More 

Thank Christopher H
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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Reviewed 9 November 2016

Fun in the sun. Chicago is unique that it's a big city near the beach. Walk along lake front trail and you'll find plenty to do. Oak Street Beach is nice because there's a spot to grab drinks and hangout.

Thank Taylor P
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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

I was staying at the Drake and took a quick walk over to the beach. It was beautiful as always but I was so sad to see it so littered with trash and debris. The views are spectacular and it was packed with bike riders. The beach however was completely abandoned with the cooler weather. The tunnel is a little... More 

Thank jessica e
Lyman, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

On the 4th, after visiting 360 Chicago and seeing the beach from the top we decided to walk there and see how it was. It was very fun and the views are gorgeous but the water was FREEZING. It was already only like 70°F outside so we didnt get in the water much. Very pretty though.

Thank Jamal S

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