Chicago's freshwater beaches
Chicago offers its beaches for sunbathing and swimming or just for taking a walk.
Thanks to the length of its lakeshore, up to 33 beaches have been constructed along the waterfront where you can enjoy a peaceful swim or relax for a while. In the northern area, around Loyola Park, you will find several linked beaches for instance Leone or Jarvis Beach Park, Columbia and Hartigan Beach Park. The only beach which allows dog walking is Montrose Beach, very close to North Avenue Beach, a perfect place to go with your family and which has stunning views of the city. After a jetty was built at the mouth of the river, there was a build-up of sand which, over time, became Oak Street Beach, an artificial island which has become a haven for sun worshippers and which has a promenade for cyclists and skaters. To the south, in Jackson Park, is 63rd Street Beach, which was built in 1919, and which since then has been one of the most popular beaches in the city.