Oak Street Beach

Oak Street Beach Chicago, located near the Magnificent Mile, is a sunbather's paradise. Open daily from Memorial Day all the way through Labor Day, Oak Street Beach is a popular location for swimmers as well as cyclists, runners, and rollerbladers, along with those who are just looking to relax and soak up the warm sunshine.

Oak Street Beach
Oak Street Beach  Image: City of Chicago

The current location of Oak Street Beach Chicago was originally a landfill, and in the 1890s it was converted into a man-made beach, with the pristine sand brought in from other areas to create a lovely beach area along the water. The views of Lake Michigan while sunning at Oak Street Beach are magnificent and provide the perfect opportunity for beautiful photographs to be taken of late afternoon sunsets painted against the lake.

For visitor's convenience, concessions, food vendors, and restrooms are available at Oak Street Beach Chicago, so all you need to bring is a lounge chair, towel, sunscreen, and sunglasses. The Oak Street Beachstro, located at the southern portion of the beach, serves meals that are more substantial including seafood, steaks, and a variety of sandwiches and salads.

The popular beach stays busy during the summer season, with residents and travelers enjoying the excellent opportunity provided by Oak Street Beach for families to spend the day by the shore. For visitors looking for things to do with kids on a Chicago vacation, spending time at Oak Street or one of the city's other beaches, such as North Avenue and Ohio Street, is a great way to spend a day.

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