Lakefront & Beaches

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Evanston's lakefront and beaches are a popular attraction.

Beaches2Evanston's five public swimming beaches open for the season May 27. A daily pass or season token must be presented for beach admission.

2017 Beach Hours

From May 27 through June 9, beach hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. From June 10 through Sept. 4 (Labor Day), beach hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Please note the changes in hours below due to end-of-season staff availability.

End-of-Season Schedule Announced

Due to seasonal lifeguard and beach staff going back to school, Greenwood Street and South Boulevard Beaches will be closed for swimming from Monday, August 28 through Friday, September 1. Beaches will still be open for sand activities.

Lee Street, Clark Street and Lighthouse Beaches will remain open for normal swimming hours, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., during that week. In addition, all five public swimming beaches will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. throughout Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 2 through Monday, September 4.

Evanston has three beaches which are accessible to people with disabilities: Lighthouse, Greenwood Street, and Lee Street. 

With a boat launchkayak and sailboat rentals, kayak and sailboat lessonskayak fishing trips and miles of sandy beaches, everyone can enjoy a day on the lakefront.

Beach Locations from North to South:

  1. Lighthouse Beach - Central St. at Sheridan Rd.
    (2611 Sheridan Rd.)
  2. Clark Street Beach - Clark St. at Sheridan Rd.
    (1811 Sheridan Rd.)
  3. Dog Beach - Church St at the lakefront
    (1631 Sheridan Rd.)
  4. Greenwood Street Beach - Greenwood St. at the lakefront
    (1401 Sheridan Rd.)
  5. Lee Street Beach - Lee St. and Lake Shore Blvd.
    (1111 Lake Shore Blvd.)
  6. South Boulevard Beach - South Blvd. at the lakefront
    (525 Sheridan Square)

beach 3beach 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 3 through August 28, 2017. 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: where Dempster St. meets the lake (1251 Lake Shore Blvd.)

2017 Hours:  
May 20-Sept. 4: Open seven days a week from 10am-7:30pm


Clark Street Beach Office

Clark St Beach entrance 3702 webLocation: Clark Street at the lake (1811 Sheridan Rd.)

2017 Hours:  
June 10-Sept. 4: 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