Oak Street Beach, Chicago

Oak Street Beach, Chicago

This small patch of beach in the busiest part of the city, just a walk away from Navy Pier and the Michigan Ave. strip, is crowded with Chicagoans and visitors seeking fun in the sun and splash dash in the cold Lake Michigan water. In good weather, sitting right on the beach, with the beautiful Chicago skyline as a backdrop, is a good idea as the sand looks clean and actually well-groomed. The lake itself has lovely clear water and a sandy bottom with a gradual slope – perfect for kids or timid swimmers.

In a city of (mostly) concrete, having a sandy beach, right on the lake, is very nice, though there is also a grassy area across the bike-pathway, where you can watch cars zoom by on Lake Shore Drive. Tons of people-watching can be done in all directions while you relax to the sounds of big city life. Even with lots of crowds (in the summer weekends), it is still a great time to be had alone or with family.

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Oak Street Beach on Map

Sight Name: Oak Street Beach
Sight Location: Chicago, USA (See walking tours in Chicago)
Sight Type: Park/Outdoor
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Walking Tours in Chicago, Illinois

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Create Your Own Walk in Chicago

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Millennium and Grant Parks Walking Tour

Millennium and Grant Parks Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Chicago Introduction Walking Tour

Chicago Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Chicago Chinatown Walking Tour

Chicago Chinatown Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles

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