When you’re ready for something a little different, come to Chicago’s sprawling beaches.
Pack your swimsuit and make sure you’ve got your sunglasses, because your Chicago beach trip is about to begin.
The shores of Lake Michigan provide a number of beaches for you to explore; Chicago has 41 km of beach altogether. Head over to 57th Street Beach, located south of Promontory Point. Designed by Olmstead & Vaux—the designers of Central Park—this beach offers plenty of sand to frolic in, a lifeguard station, and a food stand in the summer. Lake Michigan rarely warms up all that much, but the braver among you can go for a swim in its blue depths. In winter, the lake gets even colder. Feeling particularly daring? Join one of the local Polar Bear Swims and see how long you last in the icy waters.
If you’re looking for some sporting action, North Avenue Beach is the place to be. You can play volleyball, rent kayaks, or splash around in the shallow waters to your heart’s content. You’ll have plenty of company; North Avenue Beach is extremely popular with the locals.
When you’re beachcombing in Chicago, a beach hotel is the perfect place to stay. You’ll be right near the water; just put on your board shorts and amble out of your hotel and straight to the shore. You won’t need to worry about taking public transportation to the beach, or getting the frown of a cabbie when you track sand into his not-so-pristine cab. Some beach hotels offer the use of sun loungers, chairs, and other items that can make your sandy adventure more fulfilling—inquire at the desk to see what they can do for you.
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