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Oak Street Beach

Beach, Park, and Lake
Gold Coast, Chicago
  • Taz
    "Terrible parking but BEST place to enjoy the Air & Water Show...."(3 Tips)
    Bobby K.
    "Nicer alternative to the crazies at North Ave"(3 Tips)
    Jonathan F.
    "This is less crowded than North Avenue Beach."(2 Tips)
    Michael H.
    "Beautiful, great views over Lake Michigan"(3 Tips)
55 Tips and reviews
  • water show
  • north ave
  • biking
  • beach
  • scenic views
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  • Jay M.
    Jay MartinJuly 24
    Short walk from hotels and shopping
  • Michael H.
    Michael HoldsworthSeptember 14, 2016
    Beautiful, great views over Lake Michigan
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 19, 2016
    Best Downtown Activities according to
  • Dana P.
    Dana ParkerFebruary 18, 2016
    Great beach, good layout, and the snack shack is decent
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelJanuary 28, 2016
    In case you didn’t already know, Chicago is fringed by miles and miles of beaches on Lake Michigan, and Oak Street Beach is one of the best and most popular among them. Read more
  • Craig M.
    Craig MiddletonAugust 12, 2015
    A beach in the city?
  • George
    GeorgeJuly 28, 2015
    Better maintained than I assumed.
  • Ethan A.
    Ethan AdamsJune 29, 2015
    Crowded, but a good beach that's close to Navy Pier!
  • Vera B.
    Vera BowmanJune 16, 2015
    Hey Oak Street Beach, you should join Freebie! The benefits are amazing for both you and me. Read more
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedySeptember 15, 2014
    Nicer alternative to the crazies at North Ave, with the beautiful skyline right behind you.
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraSeptember 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This is less crowded than North Avenue Beach. It is fantastic for people watching and sometimes even boat watching.
  • Mark W.
    Mark WongSeptember 4, 2014
    Clean beach with an unreal view of the city skyline. Loved it!
  • Madeline G.
    Madeline GullettAugust 20, 2014
    Nothing better than tanning with a book here in the summer! Bringing a picnic with you is fun too!
  • Lubor J.
    Lubor JarkovskyAugust 18, 2014
    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.
  • Jackie R.
    Jackie R.August 16, 2014
    Watching the Air n Water Show with family.
  • Dalzs M.
    Dalzs MApril 22, 2014
    Loooved this place! Everything looks so friendly, I wanna be there forever 😁
  • Carlo B.
    Carlo BarrosAugust 25, 2013
    You *pointing* need Spf 1000+. Naturally tan year round over here...
  • Chris V.
    Chris VaughnAugust 3, 2013
    Be sure to use sunscreen at the beach.
  • Willie
    WillieJuly 24, 2013
    Drink and don't be a creep. :-) Love Dirty Uncle Charlie
  • Sarah E.
    Sarah ElizabethJuly 16, 2013
    No drinking on the beach- hide it well!
  • Lawrence O.
    Lawrence OliverJuly 9, 2013
    Sunglasses are must!!!
  • Megan G.
    Megan GallagherJuly 6, 2013
    Less beach space than north ave but a better, less drunk crowd and still a great time!
  • Adara N.
    Adara NeyJuly 4, 2013
    Swing by the bar/restaurant for an afternoon snack
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJune 1, 2013
    Head to the Magnificent Mile for lunch or dinner after a day at the beach; it's literally less than a hundred paces away.
  • Sharon H.
    Sharon HaftFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Oak street beach is also great in the winter if your dog loves running
  • Marilyn A.
    Marilyn AlamAugust 31, 2012
    Around here on Lakeshore Drive 92.3FM battles for music station strength.
  • Taz
    TazAugust 17, 2012
    Terrible parking but BEST place to enjoy the Air & Water Show....
  • Lou
    LouAugust 14, 2012
  • Dallas W.
    Dallas WinklerAugust 13, 2012
    Nice beach right in the middle of the city. Eat elsewhere; food and drink have ballpark prices.
  • Anthony
    AnthonyAugust 5, 2012
    If you forgot ur sunscreen you can pick up a bottle by the Fish Shack/bar
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJuly 26, 2012
    TV chef-lebrity Dale Levitski’s behind Hotel Thrillist’s bar on 7/28 1-4p -- let him mix you a drank!
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJuly 26, 2012
    Jam to DJ Evil One’s beats from 1-4p Sat 7/28 @ Hotel Thrillist. Grandparents agree: “It’s the Devil’s Music!"
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathJuly 24, 2012
    Also open till 11p like it's neighbor beaches there is nothing like Oak Street beach on a warm summer night!
  • Joe S.
    Joe SykeJuly 14, 2012
    Pretty nice beach. It's clean, not as crowded as North Avenue, and it has a pretty great view of the city.
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzApril 15, 2012
    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!
  • Brian P.
    Brian PowersNovember 27, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Perfect spot for a run during the mornings in the summer!
  • Kendall K.
    Kendall KnyschAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    A great place to chill.
  • Debbie B.
    Debbie BAugust 2, 2011
    For $10/day rent a lounge chair, it's so worth it!
  • Justin E.
    Justin EisenmanJuly 19, 2011
    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"
  • Jason G.
    Jason GilmoreJuly 19, 2011
    A sophisticated and upscale beach experience Read more
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica CarlsonJuly 11, 2011
    Not too crowded, pretty, and the water is nice. The bathrooms, however, are disgusting.
  • Alison
    AlisonJune 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Live DJ and bar at the North end. Great food, too!
  • Jason M.
    Jason M.June 6, 2011
    The bathrooms are probably on the top 5 grossest for all of Chicago.
  • Racked C.
    Racked ChicagoMay 28, 2011
    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
  • Marc Jacobs Intl
    Marc Jacobs IntlApril 26, 2011
    Catch some rays and some hotties! Use protection!
  • Jackee F.
    Jackee F.October 18, 2010
    So freaking pretty.
  • Bear D.
    Bear DohringSeptember 22, 2010
    Less guidos = more fun. A nice alternative to the suburb saturated North Ave Beach.
  • Kyle E.
    Kyle EggertSeptember 14, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Windiest Corner in the city...but I can handle it because I'm mayor. Can you?
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CanzonaJuly 15, 2010 let's roll, chicago!
  • Marie M.
    Marie MahoneyJuly 13, 2010
    There are very few people but quite a few birds here at sunrise.
  • Showtime Network
    Showtime NetworkJune 4, 2010
    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
  • Michael M.
    Michael MJanuary 30, 2010
    Yeah polar bear club!
  • Justin W.
    Justin WAugust 15, 2009
    see the air and water show
  • Dang O.
    Dang OanhAugust 23, 2016
    Очень красиво и душевно тут
  • Dmitriy G.
    Dmitriy GeraninMay 27, 2016
    Песочный пляж в мегаполисе. Очень найс. Правда нельзя бухать)
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