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Chicago - Oak Street Beach

1000 N. Lake Shore Dr


Lincoln Park began as a public cemetery during Chicago's early history, and was first designated as parkland in 1860. Over the years, it has grown into a large park of 1212 acres, especially due to many landfill extensions. Oak Street beach is one landfill addition. In the 1870s, Lake Shore Drive had been extended to connect such with Pine Street (which is now N. Michigan Avenue). However, this stretch of Lake Shore Drive had suffered extensive damage from storms and lakeshore erosion, and it became necessary to construct a large breakwater system. The Lincoln Park Commission built a breakwater which extended from North Avenue to Oak Street, and then even farther south to Ohio Street. This project included a new sand beach at Oak Street in the late 1890s. Chicago's Drainage Canal was completed in 1899, which diverted sewage that had previously been dumped into Lake Michigan. This innovation made the lake much more desirable for swimming and bathing. Over the course of the century, Oak Street Beach has become one of Chicago's most popular and fashionable beaches, and is definitely a place to see and be seen.


val britt

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Great beach, good location and views, often crowded

Ihor Hulovatyy

Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017
Very nice place for sunbathing and dipping into Lake Michigan right in the downtown of Chicago...

Still Life Yoga

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Actually this is a pretty cool little beach right in Chicago. Worth a short visit, if for no other reason than to dip your toes into Lake Michigan

shuang ling

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Good view of the lake and downtown Chicago

Nick Estrada III

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
Nice Beach !!

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