When you think of Illinois, you wouldn’t automatically think beaches. When most people think of beaches, they think Florida or something coastal. Surprisingly enough, Illinois has some pretty amazing beaches! Being bordered with Lake Michigan has created the beaches in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. The unique thing about Illinois beaches though, is that we have a few that were made by people. It is incredible to see these types of beaches in the middle of a suburb! With all this in mind, these are a few of the beaches you should definitely check out! These are great if you’re a tourist or just a resident that wants to do something fun and different for the day!
Centennial Beach: This is one of the man-made beaches Illinois has to offer. It is located in Naperville, which is a western suburb of Chicago. This beach is definitely a favorite of the the suburbanites, and why shouldn’t it be? You have the sand and the water without having to travel the 25 or so miles to a beach in Chicago. Centennial Beach offers a variety of activities for its patrons including DJ on Deck, Noodle Night, and a few others. There is an on site snack center, playground, and a bathhouse to get changed in. The parking is free too! There are fees in order to visit the beach. If you are a non-resident, cost is $10.00 before 5pm and $3.00 after 5pm. Children under 3 are admitted free. To check out the events and see some photos taken at one of Illinois’ best beaches, click here.
North Avenue Beach: This is one of many beaches that line Chicago’s border with Lake Michigan. Parking for the beach is conjoined with the Lincoln Park Zoo. You will also have to walk across a bridge that goes over Lakeshore Drive. There is a concession stand in close proximity to the beach and has bathrooms conjoined with it. This is a place to lay in the sand and just relax. Kids would be right at home here digging in the sand and swimming in the lake! This is for sure one of Illinois’ best beaches!
Lake Holiday: This is another man-made beach. It is located about 80 miles outside of Chicago in Sandwich. Lake Holiday offers boat docks, a playground, volleyball, and fishing. The sand on the beach is nearly spotless and not cluttered with litter like many others around. Pavilions are located near both beaches and make for a great holiday outing or just a place for a picnic. This beach is filled with families mostly and it definitely gives off that homey atmosphere, which is why it is one of Illinois’ best beaches!