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A Foolproof Guide to Finding the Best Beach for You

So many beaches, so few that give you exactly what you want.

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START HERE!

Are you bringing the kids?

Yes

No

Kids in wet diapers? No thanks.

Dogs too?

Yes

No

So drinks are in order?

Most definitely.

Nah

Swimming?

Yes

No

Are crowds good?

Yes

No

I hate everyone.

Do you want to see some sexy bods?

Yes

Preferably playing volleyball

No

I go to the Art Institute for that.

How about some sexy buildings?

Yes

No

Dogs are more my thing.

63RD STREET BEACH

Interactive water fountains, a spray pool, and a playground are alluring enough. Add cheap parking and you might as well set up camp until September.

OAK STREET BEACH

For those who would rather sink into a midday margarita than get wet

31ST STREET BEACH

Halfway between downtown and Hyde Park, this quiet respite is perfect for those who prefer harbor views to summer hordes.

NORTH AVENUE BEACH

In the eyes of hedonists, this downtown favorite may be the quintessential seasonal spot. What is summer for if not to gaze upon well-greased abs?

MONTROSE DOG BEACH

Where dogs can be dogs and humans can awkwardly avoid one another

12TH STREET BEACH

Ogle such architectural delights as the Adler Planetarium and Northerly Island—all without leaving your towel. Bikinis have nothing on Burnham.

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