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North Avenue Beach

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Lincoln Park
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Address: 1600 N. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60614
Phone Number: 312 747 0832
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I have to say I was very surprised to find a beach in Chicago right on the edge of the lake. The beach is super clean and was not super busy beyond the people using the lakefront... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 September 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

One of our major beaches in Chicago, along with Oak Street Beach. Always packed, and there are many activities from volleyball, stand-up paddle boarding, jet skiing, etc. For my friends that are unsure if we have beaches in Chicago, this has always been the beach I'd show them pictures of. When riding along the Lakefront trail next to this beach,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

I have to say I was very surprised to find a beach in Chicago right on the edge of the lake. The beach is super clean and was not super busy beyond the people using the lakefront trail. Nice place to visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

This is a great place to hang out on a hot summer day. It can get very crowded quickly though. Try to get there earlier to get a bigger spot on the sand. It's also a good idea to go in groups and take turns going to the water so someone is watching your bags and towels. It is a... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Close to the heart of Chicago, this beach is a wonderful Lake Michigan experience. Well groomed, close to all kinds of things including downtown Chicago. If you are looking to swim in one of the largest fresh water lakes in the US, Lake Michigan,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

We had visit the Chicago History Museum and thought we would just take a look at the beach. The walk was really nice. Lincoln Park is busy but its so big it was not crowd'd. The walkway over the street was even fun. The beach and water were really clean. We just stayed a little bit. But we will be... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Kind of a perfect location since the skyline is absolutely perfect from here, you're only a mile from the magnificent mile, and a mile from the Fullerton rocks/beach and Lincoln Park nightlife, + you're well served by public transit and there are restrooms and refreshments available in the summer. It's also attached to a nice end of Lincoln Park and... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

We read much about this beach and decided to find it while visiting Chicago. Started out at the Oak Park Beach and continued walking for 15 minutes before we reached North Ave beach. It is much bigger than Oak Park Beach and there were many beach volleyball players using the nets. Seemed to have more facilities (parking, restrooms, food) to... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

This is a lovely beach to visit. The water is blue and refreshing. It is within walking distance of the Lincoln Park Zoo. It is one of Chicagos free public beaches and it seems to be one of the main ones for tourists to visit. It is a nice place to relax and cool off after some sight seeing.

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Hollis, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Spend a day. They have paddle board rentals, jet skis, lots of beach area. Not terribly crowded. Close to the zoo and the Chicago History Museum. Access to city bus system.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

We saw an ad on the bus afterwards that this is one of the three locations (1600 N Lake Shore Dr) where you can rent bikes for two hours for free by showing your ventra card or transit receipt. When we asked for the bike rental prices at this beach, the free deal wasn't mentioned. If any of you have... More 

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Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a free zoo open to visitors year-round. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks, row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln Park itself borders the lakefront area offering peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.
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