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North Avenue Beach

Lincoln Park, Chicago
76 Tips and reviews
  • polar plunge
  • biking
  • beach
  • people watching
  • castaway
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  • Liliana H.
    The water is SO cold!
  • Paige K.
    Paige KaliskiSeptember 23, 2016
    great beach
  • Fatima A.
    Fatima AbdulsalamJuly 24, 2016
    Less crowded on weekdays.
  • Dustin H.
    Dustin HaleyJune 16, 2016
    Usually pretty crowded in the summer, but who doesn't love a little people watching! Just be careful if running or biking by.
  • Carly S.
    Carly SJune 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Cops usually check coolers for booze. Thank all the teenagers that hang out there. Great volleyball nets!
  • Job W.
    Job WittemanJune 12, 2016
    beach volleyball galore
  • Zach S.
    Zach Solomon-BeloinMarch 7, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring back summer. Love spending weekends with friends and family on the beach.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 8, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Great people watching. Go further north past the volleyball courts if you want a calm beach spot
  • Mohammad A.
    Mohammad AbusharifOctober 28, 2015
    Great place to relax, walk, run or just read a book in downtown Chicago
  • John H.
    John HankusOctober 10, 2015
    It's the beach to be at if you are a twenty something. Lots of beach bodies roaming around but be aware that the beach can get extremely packed on weekends. Avoid castaways if possible.
  • Noah A.
    Noah AdamsSeptember 21, 2015
    Pee in the lake. Cleaner, safer.
  • Ben C.
    Ben CaronSeptember 9, 2015
    Very nice beach with view on the city. Though there was a considerable amount of trash in the water... 👎
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 24, 2015
    North Avenue Beach and Oak Street Beach tend to be the most popular in the city, but all beaches are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • Austin W.
    Austin WestermannAugust 18, 2015
    Snap some amazing pictures of downtown Chicago from anywhere on the beach. Even when it's crowded, there's always a nice place to set up
  • Talha
    TalhaAugust 3, 2015
    Best beach in Chicago for water sports 😎
  • Dana P.
    Dana ParkerAugust 2, 2015
    Great beach, improved over the last few years to be a destination during the summer
  • Fernando S.
    Fernando SerranoJuly 30, 2015
    Just be sure to come in summer tho
  • Iain S.
    Iain SchmittJuly 26, 2015
    View from North Ave at sunset:
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraJuly 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Probably the most popular and busiest of Chicago's beaches. The people-watching here is excellent and there are plenty of rentals for biking or going out on the water!
  • Vera B.
    Vera BowmanJune 16, 2015
    Hey North Avenue Beach, join Freebie! Read more
  • Ninah R.
    Ninah RandolphJune 12, 2015
    Beach volleyball
  • Jt T.
    Jt TurnerMay 7, 2015
    Scenery an da Beers is great. Now i see why they are called the Great Lakes
  • Peter M.
    Peter MartinFebruary 24, 2015
    Great place to spend vacation
  • David D.
    David DerrickSeptember 1, 2014
    Larger beach falling between the Oak street beach to the south and the Fullerton beach to the north. Volley ball tournaments held here!
  • Leyla A.
    Leyla ArsanAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Free wifi!
  • Abdulaziz S.
    Abdulaziz ShalabyAugust 16, 2014
    Water & Air Show
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrouchAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Rent a volleyball set for the day for only $5!
  • Danielle K.
    Danielle KovackMay 31, 2014
    Definitely a fun beach to bring a big group of friends. Looking for a more peaceful spot? Head to your left at the end by Fullerton ave. Perfect space to read or meditate!
  • Gõ'khan M.
    Gõ'khan Music'sMarch 21, 2014
    gives peace of mind! I need to come at night to relax
  • Ana D.
    Ana DitmarsJanuary 5, 2014
    My favorite beach in the city. In the summer, try going on one if the non-crowded beaches. No lifeguard, but also no people (or screaming children)
  • Lina G.
    Lina GonzoOctober 14, 2013
    Be sure to remember your hat and sunscreen. Chicago may not be the tropics, but it still has a wicked sun!
  • Pamela C.
    Pamela CarpenterSeptember 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Castaways is closed after Labor Day. Try the shop inside.
  • Elleen
    ElleenJuly 13, 2013
    Greatest beach ever... definitely beats SoCal beaches lol. Go play beach volleyball or go paddle boarding.
  • Leyla A.
    Leyla ArsanJuly 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoy the serenity of the lake front in the morning and get the hell outta here by 10am unless you want to be bombarded by suburbanites & tourists
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 14, 2013
    Play some pickup volleyball. Casually execute the Maverick flex/watch check.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJune 1, 2013
    Spread out! There's plenty of room here, don't set up camp right on top of someone else.
  • Maegan M.
    Maegan MachineMay 21, 2013
    The redheads are easiest to find
  • Chicago B.
    Peeps no Creeps | Ride the FAB Lakefront Biking Trail | But slow down and enjoy the scenery at North Avenue Beach!
  • Anna D.
    Anna DillardMarch 3, 2013
    Polar Plunge is so fun and for a great cause!
  • Michael L.
    Michael LucasJanuary 24, 2013
    Try Oak Street Beach if this one is too crowded – just a short walk south. This and Oak Street are probably the best beaches in town.
  • James M.
    James MichaelOctober 16, 2012
    My fav place in the city by far, love the beach, love the peeeps, AWESOME
  • Lina G.
    Lina GonzoOctober 15, 2012
    It's not just for summer. Take a long walk there during the winter months. Amazing sites! Dress super warm!
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer StraubAugust 3, 2012
    Looking for a good time when going to the beach? Go here, but don't expect a quiet and relaxed day. It gets crowded. Head to Castaways to quench your thirst!
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathJuly 24, 2012
    It's open till 11p for just sitting on the sand and is a beautiful place to just sit and relax at night!
  • M B.
    M Ben-DavidJuly 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    North Ave Beach is always a good option in the summer for Chicago!
  • Cody W.
    Cody WombacherJuly 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Lock your bike up extra good... Some lil fucker somehow cut my lock with people all around
  • Kurt U.
    Kurt UhlirJune 24, 2012
    Pick a volleyball court, walk up, introduce yourself and ask to join a game. Great way to meet new friends. Tip: courts 1/2 mile north of the boathouse are generally more open to people of all levels.
  • Amelia C.
    Amelia CarpenterJune 23, 2012
    Great people watching, here.
  • Topshop
    TopshopJune 19, 2012
    When the sun shines, this is the best beach to hang out at!
  • Curvatude
    CurvatudeMay 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Smokers muck up everything! The sand is a NO SMOKING zone!
  • Dan L.
    Dan LobringMay 25, 2012
    The SHAPE Magazine "Summer Beach Tour" stops here on Saturday, June 16. Fitness classes, fashion shows and giveaways. Get your tix! Read more
  • Cassandra S.
    Cassandra SuraMay 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Discreetly booze on the beach with wine juice boxes.
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzApril 15, 2012
    On the beach and great views. This is your Chicago spot! Amazing skyline and lake views along Lake Shore Drive. Oh yeah relax a great beach too.
  • Players S.
    Players SportsMarch 12, 2012
    Check out our beach volleyball leagues @NorthAveBeach this summer! Registration opens soon at
  • JK-47 [Guitar]
    JK-47 [Guitar]March 4, 2012
    Polar Plunge Love!
  • Beth W.
    Beth WanlessNovember 10, 2011
    Great views, gross food, good people watching.
  • LaLaLauren
    LaLaLaurenOctober 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Only go to Castaways if overpriced, questionable food, douchebag fray boys and annoying party girls are your thing.
  • Sheryl T.
    Sheryl TrickAugust 9, 2011
    We are so coming back. Read more
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityAugust 4, 2011
    The Volleywood Beach Bash only happens once a missed it this time, but come next summer, you better be ready.
  • Vincent J.
    Vincent JohnsonJuly 15, 2011
    Men. If you're embarrassed by your chest hair and feel the need to shave it. Don't show up with a 5 o'clock chest shadow. It looks like hell.
  • Charles G.
    Charles GordonJuly 9, 2011
    Car pool, or take public transportation because it's extremely hard to find parking
  • Christine M.
    Christine MortensenJune 26, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Play with on weekends at the north courts. Details at
  • Walgreens
    WalgreensJune 17, 2011
    Drink lots of water and remember to apply sunscreen to the tips of your ears and nose, too! There’s a way to stay well.
  • Jen L.
    Jen LaurenMay 31, 2011
    Best beach in Chicago by far!
  • Racked C.
    Racked ChicagoMay 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Riding bikes, swimming, or playing beach volleyball - Watching the sporty hotties is always your best bet. If you're overheating grab a margarita at Castaways. Oh yes, we're on Twitter @RackedChicago
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 28, 2011
    In the Summer on Sundays after a Saturday of partying, people like to lounge on Chicago's most popular beach. You can play on the volleyball courts, grab a burger, drink at Castaways... Just enjoy! Read more
  • Ramon c.
    Ramon cJanuary 1, 2011
    Polar bear plunge . Happy new year
  • @MisterHirsch
    @MisterHirschAugust 29, 2010
    Great spot for relaxing on the beach... Great people watching - locals & tourists.
  • Steve P.
    Steve PeternellJuly 25, 2010
    Great place to relax but I'll admit, I've never worked myself up to swim in the water yet.
  • @steveGOgreen
    @steveGOgreenJuly 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Always a great time at North Ave Beach
  • Steve
    SteveJuly 1, 2010
    Check out Elly's on North Ave and Clark.. A lot of good food at cheap prices
  • Corey P.
    Corey PZOW!June 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great scenery. Go dancing later tonite at zella.
  • Dennis L.
    Dennis LMay 31, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Melissa was right! There're undercover police searching for alcohol by entrances..
  • Erdem K.
    Erdem KicimanMarch 13, 2010
    go swimming
  • Katie N.
    Katie NewmanFebruary 17, 2010
    Get a tan, but avoid the water, unless e-coli is your thing.
  • Christine M.
    Christine MortensenAugust 22, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    If you're looking to play 2's volleyball Vball Network sets up every Saturday and Sunday at the North courts (also known as the south Fullerton courts)
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