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Montrose Beach

Swim Ban

Swim ban due to water quality hazard
Swim ban due to weather hazard

Water Quality Information

Water Quality Model Prediction: -1002.0
Culture Based Test Results: 1137
Rapid Test Method Results: 103

Montrose Beach
4400 N Lake Shore Dr (map and directions)
(773) 363-2225

This popular Uptown neighborhood beach located in Lincoln Park offers patrons many amenities. South of the recreational beach, a natural area attracts many migratory birds during the fall and spring seasons. A serene dune area hosts a rare “panne” habitat — a flat, wet and open sandy area — for birds. Endangered plant life thrives at this location.

 

Beach house and restrooms

  • Restrooms
  • Life guard first aid station

Free Wifi

Food and beverage

  • Morelos Concession 

    Montrose & LSD 

    773-793-6167

    Monday - Friday 11 AM - 7 PM
    Saturday and Sunday 9 AM - 7 PM

  • The Dock 

    Montrose & Lake Michigan 

    773-704-8435

    www.thedockatmontrosebeach.com

    Monday - Friday 11 AM - 10 PM
    Saturday - Sunday 10 AM - 10 PM 

  • Noel's Tacos 
    Montrose & LSD 
    773-766-1812
    Sunday 8 AM - 5 PM 
    Monday 3 PM - 9 PM

  • J I Concession
    Montrose & LSD 
    773-544-2700 
    9 AM - 9 PM 

Beach Rental 

ADA

Montrose Beach features an accessible beach walk and accessible restrooms.

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.
  • Dogs are permitted only within the designated dog beach.  Learn more about Chicago Park District Dog Friendly Areas.
  • 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 the Wilson Avenue ramp and at the south end of Montrose Beach.  For more information, go to the rules page and download information on Lake Michigan water trails.
  • Kiteboarding is permitted at Montrose Beach.

Parking
Pay & display parking and street parking

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

CTA Bus Routes:
78 Montrose
81 Lawrence
151 Sheridan

CTA Red Line Station:
Lawrence
Wilson

 

Lincoln Park is one of Chicago’s oldest and largest parks. Surprisingly, more than 1,000 acres of this park and its beaches are completely made from landfill.

By 1929, Lincoln Park had 300 acres of landfill extending as far north as Irving Park Road. The Lincoln Park Commissioners had intended to keep landfill operations moving northbound, but work slowed because of the Depression.

In 1934, all of Chicago’s 22 separate park commissions were consolidated into the Chicago Park District. With extensive funding available through Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, the Park District began many park improvements, including the Montrose to Foster landfill extension.

The plan for the extension included several buildings designed by E.V. Buchsbaum, including the beach house at Montrose Beach. Modeled after the beach house at North Avenue, the building looks like a lake steamer.

In the 1950s, the east wing of the beach house burned in a fire and was not rebuilt. Instead, the Park District constructed an open-air changing addition to the south side of the building. Today, the beach house is still in existence and is used by beach-goers.