Tobey Prinz Beach

Swim Advisory

Swim ban due to water quality hazard

Water Quality Information

Rapid Test Method:1228

Tobey Prinz Beach
1045 W Pratt (map and directions)

Tobey Prinz Beach Park is located in Rogers Park on the north side. Chicago's 26 miles of public beaches offer the perfect settings for playing, relaxing and soaking it all in. From charming neighborhood beaches to Oak Street's skyline view, we've got a beach just for you.


The nearest beach with an accessible beach walk is Leone Beach.

Please follow the rules while you’re at the beach:

  • Swim only when lifeguards are on duty
  • Follow lifeguards’ instructions
  • Only Coast Guard approved flotation devices are permitted
  • No smoking
  • No alcohol
  • No dogs on the beach
  • Do not feed birds or wildlife
  • Dispose of trash and recycling in appropriate containers
  • Grill in designated areas only and dispose of coals in red barrels
  • Keep accessible beach walks clear. No bicycling, skateboarding or rollerblading is permitted in these areas
  • Access to the Lake Michigan Water Trail for sports such as kayaking, canoeing and other non-motorized board or paddle sports is allowed at Calumet Beach.  For more information, go to the rules page and download information on Lake Michigan water trails
  • Kiteboarding is not permitted at Calumet Beach; kiteboarding is ONLY permitted at Montrose Beach

Limited street parking

Public Transit
The following public bus & train routes serve this beach:

CTA Bus Routes:
96 Lunt
147 Outer Drive Express
155 Devon

CTA Red Line Station:

Tobey Prinz strived to encourage open housing practices in Rogers Park and was a founder and leader of the Rogers Park Tenants Committee which had a long lasting influence on Chicago’s housing conditions. She was also a strong proponent for parks and open space in the Rogers Park Community. She was involved in the successful campaign to convert the Bryn Mawr Country Club into Warren Park, when developers wanted to convert the site into a shopping center and housing complex. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, when lakefront property in Rogers Park was available for development, Prinz led a “Save the Beaches” campaign that resulted in the protection of approximately a dozen street-end beaches. Renaming Pratt Beach in honor of Tobey Prinz is a fitting tribute to Tobey Prinz’s extraordinary commitment to saving beaches and parkland as well as to make life better in Rogers Park and throughout Chicago.