Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best beach in Chicago?

Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best beach in Chicago?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.

With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.

What is the best beach in Chicago?

“31st Street beach is the best.” — Kim Cavill, Sex Positive Parent

“Hollywood Beach….its a fun beach where one side of the beach attracts families and the other side attracts LGTBQ community. It’s a little off the Lake front bike path so it isn’t as crowded as the beaches more south like North avenue or Oak street”. — Jayson J Crady, Confessions of a Coffeholic!

“Montrose beach is pretty tight, a little less crowded than north beach and more chill and maybe less of a meat market? Dunno, but that’s the one I’d want to be at, if I ever got any sun, I’m Dracula, but I also don’t have the kind of bod with pecks and everything that would make me comfortable at north ave. beach, so Montrose for me, and for the schlubs!” — Brian Kremen, ConFIdences

“I love our weekly trips to Foster Avenue Beach in the summer. Plus, there’s great nature there, like this dead fish I saw there last fall.” — Mary Tyler Mom

“While there’s no sand, I love Berger Park in Edgewater. You can sit on a bench, look over the rocks and see the waves of the lake. It’s the most peaceful spot in the city. It also has a restaurant.” — Howard Moore, I’ve Got The Hippy Shakes

“I’m not much of a beach person…but I have spent some great nights just chilling and chatting at Promontory Point. It has a great view of the lake, of downtown…anyone who went to U of C or has otherwise lived in Hyde Park probably has nostalgia for it, and there’s good reason for that.” — Nicolle Neulist, Picks & Ponderings

“I love Lighthouse Beach in Evanston…it’s where I live (as much as possible) in the summers and where I go when I need calm and serenity.” — Lucy Rendler-Kaplan, Small Girl, Big City

“You mean there is a beach other than Oak Street?” — Bob Schneider, Politics Now

“In the city, I like Oak Street. Outside of the city, Glencoe Beach is the best!” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good

“Montrose Avenue Beach. It’s very very large and wide, like a Jersey shore beach, so you never feel crowded. There’s lots of what every other Chicago beach has, with more elbow room. Volleyball, all kinds of rentals, a casual restaurant with a deck, occasional live music. And beyond the beach is a park with mini sand dunes, a nature preserve and bird sanctuary, a long breakwater so you can walk out onto the lake, a harbor with cool sail boats, and one of the best views of the city just the other side of that harbor. For dog lovers, there’s a dog beach just north of the humans’ beach.” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

Lead image via Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune

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