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Top 5 Beaches In Chicago!

Updated on January 10, 2015
Having fun in the sand
Having fun in the sand | Source

Ohio Street Beach

If you want to laid back and get some sun or built a sandcastle this would be the perfect stop. Ohio Street Beach is near the Navy Pier and it has a lot to offer it's beach goers like food vendors, chair & umbrella rentals, and you'll be able to swim in the open-water when the life-guards are presently station.

Near North Ave beach you'd be able to stop by the Lincoln Park Zoo and then take a drip if you like
Near North Ave beach you'd be able to stop by the Lincoln Park Zoo and then take a drip if you like | Source

North Avenue Beach

This beach is the high-volume traffic waterfront that the city offers for it's visitors and locals, who generally bring their families to enjoy the water and sand. North Avenue Beach is adjacent to the Lincoln Park Zoo(free admission), which is easy to walk over the bridge and you're there. You can park your car or motorcycle at the zoo for a small price and then go to the beach, if you like. The beach has a Beach House which offers restrooms and outdoor showers. The beach also has bar & grill cafes that sit in multiply sides of the waterfront. The prime amenities included in this beach is a bike, running, & skating path. If you come down in the month of August you'd be able to see the free Chicago Air & Water Show. They also have enormous amounts of volleyball and weightlifting competitions you could watch for a small price.

Come see the beauty that each beach has
Come see the beauty that each beach has | Source

Oak Street Beach

The Oak Street Beach is on the beaten path to the Magnificent Mile and this beach is for anyone, who loves to play volleyball because they have nets planted everywhere. It's a great place to see multiply tournaments or events.

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Make sure you bring the necessary items with you so you could enjoy your beach day.

  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Coolers
  • Lotions
  • Food & Drinks
  • A small First Aid Kit
  • Grills
  • Tents
  • Chairs & Umbrellas
  • Beach Toys

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Montrose Beach

If you want to relax at the Montrose Beach than come down and see the Uptown lakefront. This beach has a friendly-vibe most of the locals and visitors come here to fish on the pier and it offers the Montrose Harbor they have a small shop where you could buy bait. If that's not your cup of tea than get your Frisbee or Balls and have fun throwing it at each other or have a picnic, built a small campfire, or just swim around in the open water. Doing one of these things could make it a fun beach day.

Teaching a child how to caught a fish
Teaching a child how to caught a fish | Source
A young girl playing on a tire swing
A young girl playing on a tire swing | Source

31st Street Beach

The 31st Street Beach offers playgrounds, fishing pier, skate park, and harbor. If you want to bring your friends or family this might be a great beach to take them. A park is nearby and it's called, Burnham Park, if you want to take the kids or just stroll around a bit.

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North Ave beach in Chicago, Il:
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Ohio Street beach in Chicago,Il:
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Montrose beach in Chicago, Il:
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31st Street beach in Chicago, Il:
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    • Venus Rivera profile imageAUTHOR

      Daisy Rivera 

      3 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Hello Kenneth,

      If your a beach fan than I know you would love the beaches here in Chicago. I highly recommend North Ave Beach which is the most popular of the few I suggested in this hub. Yes, I will become one of your followers.

      Thanks for your input.

      Sincerely your friend,


    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Venus, on March 16

      I enjoyed this hub so much for I LOVE the beach. I love the beach area of Myrtle Beach, S.C. as well as the one at Destin, Fla. I could lay in the sun and nap, sip coffee (or Mtn. Dew) day after day. I mean it.

      I came straight from my hub, "Lover in the Mist," where you left me such a sweet comment.

      Before I continue, on THIS hub, I voted Up and all of the choices.

      I was wondering if you would like to be My Follower?

      If you are already, thank you. I have Fibromyalgia and have to take so many meds that I forget things.

      So let me know if you are a follower and if you are not, PLEASE consider it.

      That would make me so happy.

      Your Friend for Life,


    • Venus Rivera profile imageAUTHOR

      Daisy Rivera 

      3 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Good- I hope you do come to Chicago and enjoy the beaches. Thank you for stopping by my hub and leaving your input.

    • ahmedhaider66 profile image

      Ahmed Haider 

      3 years ago from Cairo , Egypt

      very good article i love the beaches

      you make me want to visit chicago beaches . thanks :)

    • Venus Rivera profile imageAUTHOR

      Daisy Rivera 

      3 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Yes! I like the fact that Chicago beaches are clean and you're able to just relax and enjoy the cool water. Thank you so much for stopping by my hub and leaving your input.

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      3 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      I can see there are good beaches near Chicago, are much better than what we have in Romania.

    • Venus Rivera profile imageAUTHOR

      Daisy Rivera 

      3 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Yes, the beaches are very clean here. I hope you have fun when you come down here.

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      Deborah Carr 

      3 years ago from Orange County, California

      When I have gone to Chicago, I never thought about going to the beach. Now I will keep that in mind the next time I am there.

    • Venus Rivera profile imageAUTHOR

      Daisy Rivera 

      3 years ago from Chicago, IL

      It was my pleasure to share this information with you and others. Thank you for stopping by my hub and leaving your input.

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      3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      Daisy, it is quite interesting to know that Chicago has a number of beaches. Going to beach is always a soothing experience and I am sure citizens of Chicago must be enjoying these beaches. Sand-castling is quite a fun. Thanks for sharing this information. Useful and interesting!


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