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Although you might not believe it, Chicago is a great beach town.
From Memorial Day (late May) through to Labor Day (early September), life guards watch over the city's 29 different beaches and the lakefront is teaming with people cycling, running and rollerblading. The best part is all the beaches are fresh water and free!
This article lists some of the main tourist beaches. For a complete list of all Chicago beaches, click here. There are also more beaches listed in the neighborhood sections.
Oak Street Beach is located right downtown at 1000 North and has a great view of North Michigan Avenue. There is a nice little restaurant and café with food. The major downsides are there is no parking, no green space and basic bathrooms.
North Avenue Beach is one of the largest beaches in Chicago and has very nice green spaces. North Avenue beach is located at 1600 North Avenue. There is limited parking and plenty of extra facilities including volleyball.
Ohio Street Beach is a small downtown beach located at 400 North. This beach offers nice deep water swimming options but sadly no parking.
Museum Campus Beach is a nice new beach located on Northerly Island right next to the Adler Planetarium. This is an excellent beach to visit after attending some of the museums in the campus area. The Museum Campus Beach has some of the best views of the city and the loop.
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