Are you bringing the kids?
NoKids in wet diapers? No thanks.
So drinks are in order?
Are crowds good?
NoI hate everyone.
Do you want to see some sexy bods?
YesPreferably playing volleyball
NoI go to the Art Institute for that.
How about some sexy buildings?
NoDogs 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.