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Lakefront & Beaches
Evanston's lakefront and beaches are a popular attraction.
Evanston's five public swimming beaches open for the season May 28. A daily pass or season token must be presented for beach admission.
2016 Beach Hours
From May 28 through June 3, beach hours are 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. From June 4 through Sept. 5 (Labor Day), beach hours are 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Evanston has three beaches which are accessible to people with disabilities: Greenwood Street, Lee Street and Lighthouse.
With a boat launch, kayak and sailboat rentals, kayak and sailboat lessons, kayak fishing trips and miles of sandy beaches, everyone can enjoy a day on the lakefront.
Beach Locations from North to South:
Lighthouse Beach - Central St. at Sheridan Rd.
(2611 Sheridan Rd.)
Clark Street Beach - Clark St. at Sheridan Rd.
(1811 Sheridan Rd.)
Dog Beach - Church St at the lakefront
(1631 Sheridan Rd.)
Greenwood Street Beach - Greenwood St. at the lakefront
(1401 Sheridan Rd.)
Lee Street Beach - Lee St. and Lake Shore Blvd.
(1111 Lake Shore Blvd.)
South Boulevard Beach - South Blvd. at the lakefront
(525 Sheridan Square)
A beach token or daily pass is needed for admission. Admission for children under age one is always free. Daily passes may be purchased at each beach entrance. Free beach days for Evanston residents will be held at Clark Street Beach on Mondays from July 11 through August 29, 2016. Click here for information about teen outreach beach passes and the free beach token program.
During certain conditions, swimming is prohibited at one or more of Evanston’s beaches, but admittance to the beach (sandy area) is still allowed. At other times, both the water and the beach areas are closed for your safety. During the season, check the beach status page for updates.
FREE Adult Lakefront Learning Workshop
Join an adult learning community to study water, a defining feature of our geography. The first workshop will be on Saturday, October 15 from 10am-noon at the Arrington Lakefront Lagoon Shelter. Each workshop will include a short talk, discussion, hands-on activity, and tea. More details below.
Lakefront Fitness Classes
All Lakefront fitness classes will take place at Clark St. Beach, Monday through Friday, from 6-7pm. Details and the schedule will be posted here, along with at all the recreation centers, when finalized. For more information, please call Bob Russo, Levy Center Program Coordinator, at 847-448-8283.
Dempster St. Beach Office
847-866-4167 or 847-866-2913 (preseason)
Location: where Dempster St. meets the lake (1251 Lake Shore Blvd.)
May 21-Sept. 5: Open seven days a week from 10am-7:30pm
Clark Street Beach Office
Location: Clark Street at the lake (1811 Sheridan Rd.)
June 4-Sept. 5: 10:30am-7:15pm
**On September 24, 2007, the City Council amended Ordinance 87-O-07 Section 7-11-4 of the City Code to clarify the Swimming Hours and Beach Hours of City Beaches. Please note the following revised paragraph:
(B) Beach Hours: No person shall use, occupy, play in, lounge about or loiter in any beach or building or structure therein at times other than the hours of 6:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. daily, except to fish from the north and south walkways at the Church Street boat ramp from 5:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. during the months of April, May, June, July, August, September and October
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