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North Avenue Beach Parking Guide

It doesn’t get much better than summertime in Chicago! Chicago summers are filled with festivals, sports, live music, patios, and of course, the lakefront beaches along Lake Michigan. One of Chicago’s most popular beaches is North Avenue Beach, located east of Lincoln Park and just north of downtown.

North Avenue Beach is open every day from 6 am – 11 pm. If you plan on driving the North Avenue Beach, make sure you reserve a parking spot before heading out. North Avenue is one of the larger beaches along the Chicago Lakefront, which will draw large crowds. Spend more time in the sand and less time circling for a parking spot.

Parking Spots at North Avenue Beach

1555 N Dearborn Pkwy | $17 | 3 hours

This valet garage is the closest parking spot available on SpotHero, just a four-minute walk to the beach! This garage is also covered and will keep your car out of the hot summer sun.

1730 N Stockton Dr | $16 | 3 hours

This parking lot is located at the Chicago History Museum and an 11-minute walk to North Ave Beach.

35 E Burton Pl | $20 | 3 hours

This valet parking garage is part of the State Parkway Condominiums. This garage is a 12-minute walk to North Ave Beach.

For more about metered parking, park hours, swim restrictions, and more, check out the Chicago Park District’s North Avenue Beach page.

Public Transportation to North Avenue Beach

Don’t feel like driving? The 22 Clark St. bus and the 72 North Ave. bus both drop off at Clark & North Avenue, which is a 12-minute walk to the beach. The 151 bus stops at Lake Shore and North Ave., which is a 9-minute walk to the beach.

Check out our other Chicago Beach Parking Guides:

Oak Street Beach Parking Guide

Ohio Street Beach Parking Guide