North Ave Beach


North Avenue Beach extended from an old landfill’s narrow paved beach on the edge of Lake Shore Drive to a million dollar project stretching across Fullerton and North Avenue in the 1930s. The project was funded through Frank Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and the Works Project Administration. North Avenue Beach’s iconic ship-like beach house was designed by Chicago Park District architect Emanuel V. Buchsbaum.

Why visit

Beautiful, sunny days – let alone the summer season – is a luxury in Chicago. So what better way to celebrate good weather than at one of Chicago’s most popular beaches?
North Avenue Beach is known for their beautiful skyline and lakefront views, youthful atmosphere, and beach festivities. You can visit for a hot summer event like the Chicago Air and Water Show, or even during blustery winters for the annual Polar Plunge. Whether you’re looking to throwdown in a volleyball match or enjoy a rooftop lunch on a “ship”, you’re sure to always have a good time at this Chicago hotspot.


  • Beach House: Pronto Pups Concessions, Castaways Bar & Grill, Shops, and Restrooms
  • Forever Yogurt
  • Deadeye Dogs
  • Bouchers Brothers
  • Windy City Watersports
  • Chicago SUP
  • Kayak Chicago
  • Sun and Moon Beach Yoga
  • Lakefront Trail
  • 50+ Volleyball Courts
  • Outdoor Mini Fitness Center
  • Open-Air Sports Facility
  • Roller Hockey Rink
  • Rentals: Chairs, Bikes and Volleyballs
  • Free Wifi



  • How do I get to North Avenue Beach?

Taking public transportation is recommended. CTA Bus Routes: 22 Clark36 Broadway72 North73 Armitage151 Sheridan156 LaSalle
On-site parking is available for a fee, but is very limited.

  • I need cash. Where do I go?

ATMs are located at the beach house.


  • What kind of assistance is provided?

North Avenue Beach offers an accessible beach walk and restrooms to guests.

  • Anything I shouldn’t do?

Smoking, alcohol, and pets are prohibited. There are designated areas for grilling.

Location & Contact Info

North Ave Beach
1600 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
11am to 7pm 
Open late May to Early September