Chicago Park District

Oak Street Beach

Beach, Park, and Lake · Gold Coast
1000 N Lake Shore Dr (at Oak St), Chicago, IL 60611, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–7:00 PM

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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    "Terrible parking but BEST place to enjoy the Air & Water Show...."(3 Tips)
    Bear D.
    "A nice alternative to the suburb saturated North Ave Beach."(3 Tips)
    Joe S.
    "not as crowded as North Avenue"(2 Tips)
    Ethan A.
    "Crowded, but a good beach that's close to Navy Pier!"(4 Tips)
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  • water show
  • north ave
  • biking
  • beach
  • north avenue
  • scenic views
  • people watching
  • picnics
  • hot dogs
  • sunbathing
  • casual
  • yoga
  • ice cream
  • lakes
  • tan
  • volleyball
  • beer
  • fireworks
  • dips
  • crowded
  • Craig M.

    A beach in the city?

    Craig Middleton · August 12
  • George

    Better maintained than I assumed.

    George · July 28
  • Ethan A.

    Crowded, but a good beach that's close to Navy Pier!

    Ethan Adams · June 29
  • Vera B.

    Hey Oak Street Beach, you should join Freebie! The benefits are amazing for both you and me. Read more

    Vera Bowman · June 16
  • Bobby K.

    Nicer alternative to the crazies at North Ave, with the beautiful skyline right behind you.

    Bobby Kennedy · September 15, 2014
  • Jonathan F.

    This is less crowded than North Avenue Beach. It is fantastic for people watching and sometimes even boat watching.

    Jonathan Ferrera · September 13, 2014
  • Mark W.

    Clean beach with an unreal view of the city skyline. Loved it!

    Mark Wong · September 4, 2014
  • Madeline G.

    Nothing better than tanning with a book here in the summer! Bringing a picnic with you is fun too!

    Madeline Gullett · August 20, 2014
  • Lubor J.

    Getting away from a busy center is easy in Chicago, just go here and relax in the sun, dip your feet in the cold water in the lake and get an ice cream fromy a guy who is pushing his cart around.

    Lubor Jarkovsky · August 18, 2014
  • Jackie R.

    Watching the Air n Water Show with family.

    Jackie R. · August 16, 2014
  • Dalzs M.

    Loooved this place! Everything looks so friendly, I wanna be there forever 😁

    Dalzs M · April 22, 2014
  • Carlo B.

    You *pointing* need Spf 1000+. Naturally tan year round over here...

    Carlo Barros · August 25, 2013
  • Chris V.

    Be sure to use sunscreen at the beach.

    Chris Vaughn · August 3, 2013
  • Baked M.

    Drink and don't be a creep. :-) Love Dirty Uncle Charlie

    Baked McBride · July 24, 2013
  • Sarah E.

    No drinking on the beach- hide it well!

    Sarah Elizabeth · July 16, 2013
  • Lawrence O.

    Sunglasses are must!!!

    Lawrence Oliver · July 9, 2013
  • Megan G.

    Less beach space than north ave but a better, less drunk crowd and still a great time!

    Megan Gallagher · July 6, 2013
  • Adara N.

    Swing by the bar/restaurant for an afternoon snack

    Adara Ney · July 4, 2013
  • Jake S.

    Head to the Magnificent Mile for lunch or dinner after a day at the beach; it's literally less than a hundred paces away.

    Jake Smith · June 1, 2013
  • Sharon H.

    Oak street beach is also great in the winter if your dog loves running

    Sharon Haft · February 16, 2013
  • Marilyn A.

    Around here on Lakeshore Drive 92.3FM battles for music station strength.

    Marilyn Alam · August 31, 2012
  • Taz

    Terrible parking but BEST place to enjoy the Air & Water Show....

    Taz · August 17, 2012
  • Lou


    Lou · August 14, 2012
  • Dallas W.

    Nice beach right in the middle of the city. Eat elsewhere; food and drink have ballpark prices.

    Dallas Winkler · August 13, 2012
  • Anthony

    If you forgot ur sunscreen you can pick up a bottle by the Fish Shack/bar

    Anthony · August 5, 2012
  • Thrillist

    TV chef-lebrity Dale Levitski’s behind Hotel Thrillist’s bar on 7/28 1-4p -- let him mix you a drank!

    Thrillist · July 26, 2012
  • Thrillist

    Jam to DJ Evil One’s beats from 1-4p Sat 7/28 @ Hotel Thrillist. Grandparents agree: “It’s the Devil’s Music!"

    Thrillist · July 26, 2012
  • Shannon H.

    Also open till 11p like it's neighbor beaches there is nothing like Oak Street beach on a warm summer night!

    Shannon Heath · July 24, 2012
  • Joe S.

    Pretty nice beach. It's clean, not as crowded as North Avenue, and it has a pretty great view of the city.

    Joe Syke · July 14, 2012
  • Aaron C.

    Grab a Chicago style hot dog at the beach cafe in the summer. Chill along Lake Michigan. Bike, rollerblade and run on the paths along Lake Shore Drive. Right near the heart of downtown. A great spot!

    Aaron Cruz · April 15, 2012
  • Brian P.

    Perfect spot for a run during the mornings in the summer!

    Brian Powers · November 27, 2011
  • Kendall K.

    A great place to chill.

    Kendall Knysch · August 29, 2011
  • Debbie B.

    For $10/day rent a lounge chair, it's so worth it!

    Debbie B · August 2, 2011
  • Justin E.

    Life guards (state of illinios) are nazis...they kicked everyone out of the water because of the fog (very light) AND because "nobody was listening to us"

    Justin Eisenman · July 19, 2011
  • Jason G.

    A sophisticated and upscale beach experience Read more

    Jason Gilmore · July 19, 2011
  • Jessica C.

    Not too crowded, pretty, and the water is nice. The bathrooms, however, are disgusting.

    Jessica Carlson · July 11, 2011
  • Alison

    Live DJ and bar at the North end. Great food, too!

    Alison · June 12, 2011
  • Jason M.

    The bathrooms are probably on the top 5 grossest for all of Chicago.

    Jason M. · June 6, 2011
  • Racked C.

    Gurrl, you need a new bathing suit! Take a mid-day shopping walk down Oak Street - you may not come back to the beach. Oh yeah, we're on Twitter too @RackedChicago

    Racked Chicago · May 28, 2011
  • Marc Jacobs Intl

    Catch some rays and some hotties! Use protection!

    Marc Jacobs Intl · April 26, 2011
  • Jackee B.

    So freaking pretty.

    Jackee B. · October 18, 2010
  • Bear D.

    Less guidos = more fun. A nice alternative to the suburb saturated North Ave Beach.

    Bear Dohring · September 22, 2010
  • Kyle E.

    Windiest Corner in the city...but I can handle it because I'm mayor. Can you?

    Kyle Eggert · September 14, 2010
  • Jeff C. let's roll, chicago!

    Jeff Canzona · July 15, 2010
  • Marie M.

    There are very few people but quite a few birds here at sunrise.

    Marie Mahoney · July 13, 2010
  • Showtime Network

    Oak Street beach in the summer is a great place to sun bathe, dip in Lake Michigan and people watch. You can even run, bike or walk along the entire lake front path for miles. - Nikki

    Showtime Network · June 4, 2010
  • Michael M.

    Yeah polar bear club!

    Michael M · January 30, 2010
  • Justin W.

    see the air and water show

    Justin W · August 15, 2009

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