Located in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the North Side, Jarvis Beach offers visitors a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The half-acre beach offers beach goers a place to soak up the sun and enjoy the cooling waters of Lake Michigan during Chicago’s hot summers. Whether you are looking to relax on the sandy beach soaking in some rays or getting active, Jarvis Beach is a great summer destination.
Limited street parking
The following public bus & train routes serve this beach:
CTA Red Line Station:
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.
- There is no paddle or board sport access to the Lake Michigan Water Trail at Jarvis Beach. For information on beaches with launch points for accessing the Lake Michigan Water Trail, visit the rules page.
Jarvis Beach and the adjacent Jarvis Street take their names from R.J. Jarvis, a friend of the Rogers and Touhy families. These two families founded and subdivided Rogers Park.
In Rogers Park, the beaches met the summertime recreational needs of the many residents who lived in the numerous apartment buildings built in the eastern portion of the community between 1900 and 1930. Although lifeguards staffed small municipal beaches such as Jarvis Beach, the beaches had no changing rooms or other facilities.
Jarvis Beach Park is among the 18 street-end beaches acquired by the Chicago Park District from the City of Chicago in 1959. By 1937, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation operated 27 such beaches; some of these were in existence as early as 1921.