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The Most Popular Chicago Beach

Location, location. Great beach, but unless walking or taking CTA bus, where to park? Good bars and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
Beaches and beaches galore

How wonderful that all of Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago is open to the public. Lots of... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2018
Las Vegas, Nevada
via mobile
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  • Very good42%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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1000 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611-5303
Gold Coast
(312) 742-7529
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 8 July 2013

There are many beaches in Chicago, but they are by no means equal. If you want large crowds and are a jock go to North avenue Beach. If you are an animal lover go to the doggy beach at Montrose. If you want to barbeque...More

17  Thank Jimmidor
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 31 January 2015

I can understand that it is popular with the locals in the city as it does the job. As a tourist would not recomend anyone to waste their time with this excuse of a beach. Overpriced drinks and dirty sidewalks.

5  Thank TravelAdapter
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Location, location. Great beach, but unless walking or taking CTA bus, where to park? Good bars and food joints to the west on Rush Street.

Thank SuperChief49
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

How wonderful that all of Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago is open to the public. Lots of beaches, walkways bike paths. Oak street is a smaller one but no less famous. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head over to Oak Street...More

Thank McWett
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

This is a nice small beach near the Drake hotel. Went a couple of times once being when the beach volleyball competition on.

Thank IAN D
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Can you think of any other city this side of Rio de Janiero where a popular swimming vista washes up against the concrete of the city's busiest thoroughfare? Think Chicago and Oak Street Beach. Located at 1000 North Lake Shore Drive, where Lake Shore Drive...More

1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Amazing how well maintained the beaches of Chicago are. This happens to be my favorite. Great place to relax and spend your days in the sun. People are friendly and coureous in Chicago

Thank Robert E
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

It’s great there’s actually a beach the is essentially in downtown Chicago. Walking from the city takes you through an underpass. Lifeguard chairs.

Thank LDavidMarquet
Reviewed 24 August 2018

Wasn’t too windy and the water was cool. Bathrooms were ok. The bar on the beach was closed for private party so can’t comment on that. There is a parking structure is 2 blocks away and was $30 for 2-5 hours.

Thank fidgetykgd
Reviewed 23 August 2018

Wish Chicago was a little warmer, but we still usually plan for one afternoon to hang out and relax here. The water is usually fairly cold and it can get windy. Nice beach though, if you plan on going to Navy Pier, worth stopping here...More

Thank jimmuller402
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

I was visiting Oak Street Beach today and taking photos of people on the beach. First some foreign woman who I wasn’t even taking photos of got angry at me because apparently being photographed is “against her religion.” Then the lifeguard told me to leave...More

1  Thank Daniel T
Reviewed 2 August 2018

Great beach, lots to do around it and great for walking, biking, or roller blading. Enjoy lunch or dinner and head over to Navy Pier after. Great place!

1  Thank camerachick77
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Gold Coast
Located just north of The Loop, Gold Coast is one of
Chicago’s most affluent and popular neighborhoods. The
original Playboy, Hugh Hefner, once had a mansion
here. In addition to prestigious hotels, historic
mansions and luxury high-rise apartments, you’ll also
find upscale specialty boutiques and Michelin-starred
restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping
fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The
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Cher s
17 July 2018|
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Response from sholix | Reviewed this property |
find a pay lot on west side of lakeshore drive street parking is usually only for 2 hours and you will get a ticket , then there is a tunnel from west side of lakeshore drive or you can play frogger and try street level
Peggie G
18 June 2018|
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Response from CaptTrouble | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see any grills when I was there.