Lakefront and Beaches
Evanston's lakefront and beaches are a popular attraction.
Evanston's six public swimming beaches open for the season May 26.
A daily pass or season token must be presented for beach admission.
Beach Locations from North to South:
Central St. at Sheridan Rd. (2611 Sheridan Rd.)
Lincoln Street Beach
Lincoln St. at the lakefront
Clark Street Beach
Clark St. at Sheridan Rd. (1811 Sheridan Rd.)
Church St at the lakefront (Currently closed)
(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)
Note: Lincoln Street Beach is managed by Northwestern University.
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2018 Swimming Beach Hours
May 26—June 8, 11am—6pm
June 9—Sept. 3, (Labor Day) 10:30 am—7:30pm
Evanston's four accessible swimming beaches for people with disabilities:
Lighthouse, Greenwood Street, Lee Street and South Boulevard.
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 9 through August 27, 2018. 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.
Dempster St. Beach Office
847-866-4167 or 847-866-2913 (preseason)
Location: Dempster St. and the lake (1251 Lake Shore Blvd.)
2018 Hours: May 19—Sept. 3: Open seven days a week, 10am—7:30pm
Clark Street Beach Office
Location: Clark Street at the lake (1811 Sheridan Rd.)
2018 Hours: June 9—Sept. 3, 10:30am—7:15pm*
*Hours will be limited August 27—September 3
due to seasonal staff returning to school
**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 6am—11pm. daily, except to fish from the north and south walkways at the Church Street boat ramp from 5am—11pm during the months of April, May, June, July, August, September and October