Chicago Park District

Kathy Osterman (Hollywood) Beach

5800 N Lake Shore Dr (at Hollywood Ave), Chicago, IL 60660, United States

The Chicago Park District manages 8100 acres of green space, 583 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, 10 museums, 50 nature areas, & hundreds of programs & events.


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  • speedos
  • beach
  • wifi
  • scenic views
  • biking
  • quiet
  • picnics
  • outdoor seating
  • lemonade
  • burgers
  • lakes
  • tan
  • shallow waters
  • soft sand
  • park
  • volleyball
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  • Arthur B. C.

    Check out all the shirtless boys at the gayest beach in Chicago :)

    Arthur B. Chaney · April 3, 2010
  • Time Out Chicago

    While the amenities aren’t posh, beachgoers appreciate the convenience of restrooms with showers and beach chow like hot dogs, burgers, chips and lemonade.

    Time Out Chicago · June 4, 2012
  • Darren A.

    This is one of the most gorgeous beaches in North Chicago. Let's try to keep it free of garbage and debris.

    Darren Allen-Dunn · June 16, 2011
  • John M.

    Drink the water in the urinal. Despite warnings, it doesn't taste half bad!

    John McInerney · June 29, 2012
  • Rebecca S.

    Gay men everywhere. Just how I like it.

    Rebecca Sage · September 29, 2011
  • Ryan B.

    Chicago's gay beach!

    Ryan Biela · April 20, 2011
  • Kay Kay R.

    Oh So Homo.

    Kay Kay R. · August 20, 2011
  • Punya S.

    Stop changing the name! It has always been Hollywood Beach to the mos and we like it that way!

    Punya Sann · June 24, 2010
  • Richard S.

    Bring an ego and a thick skin. These bitches believed their Mama when she said they was pretty. Mama was blind to their souls. LOL

    Richard Streetman · September 3, 2011
  • MafiaHairdresser J.

    Never go barefoot in the bathroom. Mace is also recommended to ward off aggressive toothless desparates.

  • PtreeRox

    best view in the house

    PtreeRox · August 26, 2011
  • Chris D.

    This beach has unofficially been claimed as the gay beach, but it is a great beach for all. Nice shallow water, lifeguards, and expansive beach front with soft sand.

    Chris Duhaime · July 21, 2013
  • Time Out Chicago

    While the amenities aren’t posh, beachgoers appreciate the convenience of restrooms with showers and beach chow like hot dogs, burgers, chips and lemonade. -MN Read more

    Time Out Chicago · May 28, 2012
  • Erik S.

    most people know it as Hollywood Beach Read more

    Erik Swedlund · July 5, 2011
  • Cecelia O.

    I use to come to this Beach Years ago-They've upgraded it & added a Patio bar & serves Mexican food! Plus Gree Wifi @All beaches which is a welcomed plus!:)

    Cecelia O · August 19, 2013
  • Richard S.

    You have to meet Hornisha Streetman the Unicorn!

    Richard Streetman · May 19, 2012
  • Flirzelkwerp

    Guys, look...just because the beach is gay-friendly doesn't mean you have to show off your schlong bulges.

    Flirzelkwerp · July 25, 2011
  • Edwin R.

    All American men. Mmm...

    Edwin Ramirez · July 4, 2013
  • Jeff A.

    They have paddle boarding now!

    Jeff Allmen · June 6, 2013
  • Michael A.

    Definitely not the straight beach!

    Michael Albany · June 14, 2012
  • Aneta M.

    Also known as the straight beach. :)

    Aneta Michalczuk · July 31, 2011
  • Kyle c.


    Kyle carlson · June 30, 2011
  • Alexis C.

    Can't wait to see what the new facilities look like

    Alexis Cortes · April 8, 2010
  • Miranda P.

    Beach is awesome, not too crowded, best sand!!

    Miranda Powell · August 9, 2014
  • Matt T.

    I like watching the sunrise on the Lake here. I also like the fact that this beach is only 2 blocks from where I live.

    Matt Thomas · January 24, 2014
  • Steve L.

    Would like to watch moon rise over lake at night.

    Steve Lind · August 23, 2013
  • Kelly

    Beautiful beach!

    Kelly · September 3, 2012
  • Kariann P.

    Best beach in Chi-town! Let's keep it clean and free of the crazy peeps from North beach!

    Kariann Prewozniak · August 25, 2012
  • Nicki B.

    someone said there was a church here

    Nicki Butler · July 29, 2012
  • ivy t.

    Gay beach full of tan boys in speedos or less. Love it here, never getting bothered or hit on! Peace n quiet on weekdays.

    ivy t. · June 13, 2012
  • Hadi F.

    the beach so beautiful..

    Hadi Fauzi · March 24, 2012
  • Aneta M.

    I am moving Oceanside! Enjoy the beach. It worked for what it was. I hereby retire as Mayor of what is REALLY known as Kathy Osterman Beach (Hollywood Schmollywood!) See you in Malibu, Beotches!!!!

    Aneta Michalczuk · September 8, 2011
  • Ross G.

    Get close to the water for the best people watching.

    Ross Guthrie · July 22, 2011
  • Darren A.

    There's an infestation of flies due to garbage being left on and swept under the sand. Let's be sure to pickup after ourselves.

    Darren Allen-Dunn · July 21, 2011
  • Aneta M.

    The idea that doggies can poop & pee on the beach & swim in the lake kinda grosses me out, but otherwise love the beach. Hate the new lights at night though. Too bright! I also dislike the new ramp.

    Aneta Michalczuk · July 18, 2011
  • Daniel S.

    FIRST TIMERS: Fear not. It isn't nearly as intimidating as you'd think. Put on ur shades and throw out your towel, gurl. :)

    Daniel S · July 10, 2011
  • Kevin D.

    This is also called Peacock Park or Speedo Beach...because guys strut here like peacocks in colorful displays of speedboats engineering. Great fun always with few ever actually setting foot in water.

    Kevin DuJan · May 1, 2011

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