North Shore Chicago Beaches Open for the Season

Grab your water wings and umbrella—it’s time to hit the beach.

Many North Shore beaches open Memorial Day weekend. And if you’ve got a resident pass to your local beach, you can use this list to break out of the “same old sand” rut. Pack a picnic and explore a new one!


Lighthouse Beach
2611 Sheridan Road

Clark Street Beach
1811 Sheridan Road

Greenwood St. Beach
1401 Sheridan Road

Lee Street Beach
1111 Lake Shore Blvd.

Admission/Hours of Operation:

  • Free Admission on Mondays from July 7 to August 25 for Evanston residents
  • Free Admission for children under age one
  • Daily beach admission: $8 adult, $6 children age 1-11
  • Beaches open for the season Saturday, May 24 through June 6, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and June 7 to Labor Day, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Season tokens can be purchased at Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Season Token Prices: April 1 to June 10 $26/$42 R/NR; June 11 to July 31 $34/$58 R/NR; August 1 to Labor Day $17/$29 R/NR


Wilmette Beach
101 Lake Street

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Sheridan Road and Washington Avenue

Admission/Hours of Operation:

  • Saturday, May 24 to Labor Day
  • Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
  • Daily Beach admission: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m: $4.25/$8.50 R/NR; 6-8 p.m.: $2/$4 R/NR
  • Wilmette Beach Season Pass: Individual Pass: $40/$100 R/NR (must get photo ID for beach season pass)
  • Grilling Permits: Free/$10 R/NR


Tower Beach
Tower and Sheridan Road

Elder Lane Beach
Elder and Sheridan Road

Maple Street Beach
Maple and Sheridan roads

Admission/Hours of Operation:

  • Open for season Saturday, June 7
  • Individual Season Pass: $55/$90 R/NR

Highland Park

Rosewood Beach
45 Roger Williams Ave.

“Rosewood Beach and the lower parking lot are closed during contruction.” – Park District of Highland Park website

Glencoe Beach
160 Hazel Ave.

Admission/Hours of Operation:

  • Date Open: May 24-26 and May 31-June 1 (Preseason); June 2-August 3 (Regular season); August 4-24 & August 30-September 1 (Post season)
  • Lifegurards on duty from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Standard beach admission is $6/$10 R/NR adults, $4/$7 R/NR youth and $2/$4 R/NR seniors.
  • Individual season beach tokens are $78/$98 R/NR through June 2, $98/$118 R/NR after June 2 and $52/$57 R/NR after July 7

Lake Forest:

Forest Park Beach
Deerpath and Lake roads

Admission/Hours of Operation:

  • Hours of Operation: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Dates open: Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, June 7 to Labor Day
  • Beach guards on duty: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily Saturday, June 7 to Sunday, Aug. 10; weekends only Saturday, Aug. 16 to Labor Day
  • Residents need photo ID for free beach admission (can be made at Lake Forest Recreation Center, 400 Hastings Road)
  • Weekends and holidays only: $10 for non-residents and residents without a valid form of residential identification

Lake Bluff

Sunrise Beach
455 Sunrise Ave.

Admission/Hours of Operation:

  • Open Saturday, May 31 to Sunday, Aug. 10
  • Life Guards on duty: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and weekends
  • Park District Residents: Free (with resident beach pass)
  • Non-Resident Daily Fee: $10 per person



Waukegan Municipal Beach (no lifeguards on duty)
201 Sea Horse Drive

Admission/Hours of Operation:

  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day
  • Daily Pass: Free entry
  • $20 parking fee during weekends and holidays

Illinois Beach State Park
1 Lake Front Drive, Zion

Admission/Hours of Operation:

  • Park Hours: April to Memorial Day weekend: open Sunrise to Sunset; Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend: open Sunrise to 8 p.m.