Oak Street Beach

NileGuide Expert Says:

If you are visiting in the summer, you must spend a day at the beach and take a dip in Lake Michigan. It is clean, there is food on the beach, and even palm trees. You will be wondering if you are actually in the big city!

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1000 North Lake Shore Drive
Oak Street (1000 North) and Lake Michigan
Chicago, IL 60611


+1 312 747 0832

NileGuide Expert tip:

This is a great place for the whole family, with plenty of room to spread out. It is not quite as crowded as the more popular North Avenue beach.


With so many beaches to choose from in Chicago, make sure to put this one at the top of your list. There is plenty of room for lounging, playing volleyball, and running with the kids, all while you take in great views of Lake Michigan, Lake Shore Drive, and the Hancock building. Plus, enjoy food from Avenue, the adorable cafe right on the beach. The beach is also within walking distance of Gold Coast museums, restaurants, and fantastic shopping. This beach is also never quite as crowded as the North Avenue beach just 1/2 a mile away.


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