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The Best Lakefront Beaches on Chicago's North Shore

By Laura Slowick | Jun 06, 2019

Summer wouldn’t be the same without a trip to a North Shore beach. Whether you want to perfect your backstroke, enjoy a lakeside picnic or work on your tan, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect beach just minutes from home. In fact, one of these beaches may become your new favorite spot.




Evanston’s seven beaches offer fun for the entire family. Explore the old lighthouse, now a museum, at Lighthouse Beach, or play a little volleyball at Clark Street Beach. Does your dog enjoy splashing in the water? Buy a season pass (required) and pay a visit to Dog Beach. Mobility issues aren’t a barrier to beach fun in Evanston. Greenwood, Lee Street, Lighthouse and South Boulevard Beaches are accessible for people who have disabilities. If you like to spend as much time on the water as in it, sailboat, kayak and standup rentals are available at the Dempster Street Beach office.


Daily beach tokens are available for $8 for adults or $6 for children. Season passes are also available. Evanston residents enjoy free admission on Mondays from July 8 until August 26.




Tower Road, Elder Lane and Maple Street Beaches are the places to be in Winnetka during the summer months. If you or the kids need a little break from swimming, the beaches also offer playgrounds and volleyball courts. Tower Beach is the site of several summer events, including Tidal Wave Thursday and the Father’s Day Brunch.


Tidal Wave Thursdays offer themed fun, live music and food. In the past, the events featured water carnivals, relay races, luaus and inflatable water slides. The Father’s Day Brunch, held at 10 a.m. on June 16, is the ideal way to honor the special man in your life before enjoying a little beach time. Advance admission is $5 for beach pass holders, $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents.


Daily admission to the beach is $6 for residents and $12 for residents. Passes are available for the entire season.




Glencoe may have just one swimming beach, but it provides lot of amenities. Free parking, a beach cafe, a sprayground for kids, showers, restrooms, beach volleyball and a complimentary beach cart service make Glencoe an excellent choice for your beach day. You can also rent sand chairs, cabanas, umbrellas, paddleboards, kayaks and sailboats.


Daily admission is $7 for residents, $14 for non-residents, $5 for resident senior citizens and $10 for non-resident senior citizens. Season passes are also available. (The beach is closed on July 4.)




Gillson Park Beach in Wilmette is another good beach option. The beach offers a playground, concession stand, a dog beach, tennis courts, a playground and picnic areas. (Permits are required for picnicking and grilling). If you’re looking for a quieter beach day, try Langdon Park Beach on Chestnut Avenue and Sheridan Road.


Is “learn to sail” on your bucket list? Wilmette offers sailing lessons for children and adults at Sailing Beach starting in June. Both beginner and intermediate classes are available.


Daily admission is $7 for Wilmette residents and $11 for non-residents from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. From 6 to 8 p.m., you’ll pay $3 if you live in Wilmette and $6 if you’re a non-resident. Season passes are available.


Do you need more room to store your beach equipment? Remodeling your home will give you plenty of space for your paddleboard, beach umbrella, sand buckets and other gear. We can help you turn your dreams in reality with our design/build renovation services. Contact us if you’re ready to begin the remodeling process.

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