7 Best Beaches for Families in Chicago Area

5/31/2017 12:17:51 PM
7 Best Beaches for Families in Chicago Area - KidTrail Pick
Chicago's Lake Michigan offers miles of beaches for residents and visitors.  Not only is there swimming but lots of other activities as well such as sailing and biking with easy access to the parks that offer baseball, tennis, basketball and more! Chicago beaches are a great way to cool off and enjoy the sun. With so many beaches to choose from, one may wonder which ones are family friendly.  Some of the beaches are definitely geared towards young adults and partying, though fun and great people watching, it is not particularly the right setting for families.  This list provide our pick of 7 best Chicago area beaches for family.  All are kid friendly, not too crowded with great amenities.  Enjoy and happy summer! 

Foster Beach
Area: Chicago City

What: Foster Beach located at Lakeshore Drive and Foster Ave. is a family friendly beach.  With plenty of parking, you can bring the whole family and even your pet for a day of water fun. The dog beach is located nearby for your 4 legged family member. You can rent bicycles, beach chairs or even a Segway. The beach house sells food, drinks, snacks and treats. 

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, bike rentals including family bikes that seat up to 4, Segway rentals, beach house with concession, outdoor showers and restrooms.

Foster Beach in Chicago
Foster Avenue and Lakeshore Drive

12th Street Beach
Area: Chicago City

What: This city beach is not as crowded as the other beaches making it an ideal spot for families. It is a secluded gem with a nice stretch of white sand that includes a beach house. It is in the heart of the city and nestled on the northern end of Northerly Island Park just south of Adler Planetarium on Chicago’s Museum Campus. A non-motorized boat launch is available at the beach along with a beach house.

Amenities: Beach house, restrooms and Del Campo Tacos

1200 S Linn White Dr
Solidarity Drive and Linn White Drive
Chicago, IL

Loyola Beach
Area: Chicago City

What: The ultimate kid friendly beach, Loyola Beach is also the largest in the city stretching eight blocks long. Located in the East Rogers Park neighborhood, the location offers swimming, a jungle gym for kiddos, tennis court, baseball field, volleyball net and basketball court.  There is literally lots to do here. It also has a 2/3 mile walking trail along beautiful Lake Michigan.

The café serves plenty of kid friendly items such as grilled cheese and nuggets.

Amenities: Beach house, restrooms, café and a playground.

1230 W Greenleaf Ave
Greenleaf Avenue and Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL

Glencoe Beach
Area: North Shore

What: A lovely drive from the city, Glencoe is a serene, beautiful and affluent North Shore community lined with stunning tree lined homes. The Glencoe Beach is just as fabulous as the community. It is super family friendly with playgrounds and water features planted right on the sand. Picnic tables line the beach making it an ideal place to lunch and swim. 

Amenities: Beach house has showers, restrooms and changing stalls. Sailboat rentals, paddle board rentals and kayak rentals. There are no lockers or parking lots, street parking only. 

160 Hazel Ave.
Glencoe, IL

Gilson Beach
Area: North Shore

What: Located in beautiful Wilmette, just north of the city, Gilson Park is perfect for a family day of fun. In addition to sailing and swimming, Gilson is perfect for picnics, bike rides, volleyball, soccer, tennis and other fun outdoor activities. For your four legged family member, there is a doggy area on the sand for running and playing. 

Amenities: Concession stand, grilling (must get permit), picnic tables (reservations available), outdoor shelter rentals

Gilson Beach
Area: North Shore
Lake Avenue & Lake Michigan in Wilmette, IL

South Blvd. Beach in Evanston
Area: North Shore

What: Evanston's five public swimming beaches are open for the season on May 28. A daily pass or season token must be presented for beach admission. With a boat launch, kayak and sailboat rentals, kayak and sailboat lessons, kayak fishing trips and miles of sandy beaches, everyone can enjoy a day on the lakefront.

South Blvd. Beach
South Blvd. at the lakefront
(525 Sheridan Square)

Centennial Beach
Area: West Suburbs

What: Centennial Beach in Naperville is a man-made beach that is a great alternative to a pool or natural beach! Jump into summer as you swim in Centennial Beach’s historic stone quarry. It’s not a swimming pool, it’s not a lake, but a swimming experience like no other! Wade into the zero-depth entry and swim to depths of 15 feet.

Special Needs Nights    
Families with individuals who have special needs are invited to enjoy a quiet, relaxing evening after regular operating hours of Centennial Beach.

Fee: Become a member if you plan to visit often or pay the daily rate of $8 per adult and $6 per child.

Amenities: An onsite café to enjoy hot-off-the-grill specials like hamburgers, hotdogs or chicken sandwiches. For something on the lighter side, try a flavorful chicken Caesar or buffalo chicken wrap. For a taste-tempting treat, look no further than our creamy soft serve ice-cream, hot, chewy pretzels or super cool shaved ice. For a quick cool down on a hot day, try a cup of our Dunkin’ Donuts-brewed iced coffee.

In addition, patrons are allowed to bring in coolers of food and beverages.

Other amenities: Lockers (Coin-Operated), Open Grass Area, Picnic Tables, Sand Play Area, Sand Volleyball, Showers, Umbrellas, Adirondack Chairs and Bag Toss Areas.

Centennial Beach
500 W. Jackson Ave  
Naperville, IL

Photo Credit: Glencoe Beach



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