Montrose Beach

  • 4400 N. Lake Shore Dr.   Chicago, Illinois 60640 [View Map]
  • Beach Hours:
  • Beach Phone: (773) 363-2225

Montrose Beach is located at 4400 N. Lake Shore Drive (Montrose Ave. at Lake Michigan) near the Uptown neighborhood.  This popular beach offers patrons amenities that include food concessions, kayak and volleyball rentals, showers and restrooms.  There is a non-motorized boat launch. An ADA accessible beach walk is available.  Patrons can park at pay and display lots or street parking.  Distance swimming is available from Tower 4 (north of boathouse) and parallel to shore. A dog friendly beach is located at north end of Montrose Beach. 

South of the recreational beach a natural area attracts many migratory birds during the fall and spring seasons.  A serene dune habitat has a rare panne habitat and endangered plant life thrives at this location. 

History

Lincoln Park is one of the oldest and largest parks, and it is surprising to discover how that over 1,000 acres of this park and its beaches are completely made from landfill. By 1929, Lincoln Park had 300 acres of landfill extending as far north as Irving Park Road. The Lincoln Park Commissioners had intended to keep landfill operations moving northbound, but work slowed because of the Depression. In 1934, all of Chicago’s 22 separate park commissions were consolidated into the Chicago Park District. With extensive funding available through Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, the park district began many park improvements, including the Montrose to Foster landfill extension. The plan for the extension included several buildings, and all of them were designed by E.V. Buchsbaum, one of which was the beach house. It was modeled after the North Avenue Beach House, and looks like a lake steamer. Unfortunately, in the 1950s, the east wing of the beach house burned in a fire, which was not rebuilt. Instead, the Park District constructed an open-air changing addition to the south side of the building. Today, the beach house is still in existence and is used by beach-goers.

Parking/Directions

Metered parking is available in nearby lots.  Get rates and additional information.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Montrose Beach

Montrose Beach

Location Notes: 4400 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL

Notes: Distance swimming is from Tower 4 (north of boathouse), parallel to shore.

Montrose Beach - J I Concession

Montrose Beach - J I Concession

Location: Montrose & LSD

Hours:

Phone: (773) 544-2700

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Montrose Beach - The Dock

Montrose Beach - The Dock

Location: Montrose & Lake Michigan

Hours: ,

Phone: (773) 704-8435

Notes:

http://www.dockatmontrosebeach.com

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Montrose Beach - Morelos Concession

Montrose Beach - Morelos Concession

Location: Montrose & LSD

Hours: ,

Phone: (773) 793-6167

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Montrose Beach - Noel's Tacos

Montrose Beach - Noel's Tacos

Location: Montrose & LSD

Hours: ,

Phone: (773) 766-1812

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Montrose Beach - Jet Ski Chicago

Montrose Beach - Jet Ski Chicago

Location: Montrose & Lake Michigan

Hours:

Phone: (312) 600-8679

Notes:

http://www.jetskichicago.com

Descriptors: Water Recreation

Montrose Beach - Boucher Brothers

Montrose Beach - Boucher Brothers

Location: Montrose & LSD

Hours:

Phone: (786) 763-4821

Descriptors: Beach Rental

Montrose Beach - Kayak Chicago

Montrose Beach - Kayak Chicago

Location: Montrose & Lake Michigan

Hours:

Phone: (630) 336-7245

Notes:

http://www.kayakchicago.com

Descriptors: Water Recreation

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Junior Lifeguards at Montrose Beach 156948CampsAquatics - SpecializedAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$230.00

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Description

Montrose Beach is located at 4400 N. Lake Shore Drive (Montrose Ave. at Lake Michigan) near the Uptown neighborhood.  This popular beach offers patrons amenities that include food concessions, kayak and volleyball rentals, showers and restrooms.  There is a non-motorized boat launch. An ADA accessible beach walk is available.  Patrons can park at pay and display lots or street parking.  Distance swimming is available from Tower 4 (north of boathouse) and parallel to shore. A dog friendly beach is located at north end of Montrose Beach. 

South of the recreational beach a natural area attracts many migratory birds during the fall and spring seasons.  A serene dune habitat has a rare panne habitat and endangered plant life thrives at this location. 

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Beach 4400 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 1 Distance swimming is from Tower 4 (north of boathouse), parallel to shore.
Concessions 0
Concessions 0

http://www.dockatmontrosebeach.com

Concessions 0
Concessions 0
Concessions 0

http://www.jetskichicago.com

Concessions Lincoln Park, Montrose Beach, Montrose & Lake Michigan 0
Concessions Lincoln Park, Montrose Beach House, Montrose & Lake Michigan 0

http://www.kayakchicago.com

Lincoln Park is one of the oldest and largest parks, and it is surprising to discover how that over 1,000 acres of this park and its beaches are completely made from landfill. By 1929, Lincoln Park had 300 acres of landfill extending as far north as Irving Park Road. The Lincoln Park Commissioners had intended to keep landfill operations moving northbound, but work slowed because of the Depression. In 1934, all of Chicago’s 22 separate park commissions were consolidated into the Chicago Park District. With extensive funding available through Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, the park district began many park improvements, including the Montrose to Foster landfill extension. The plan for the extension included several buildings, and all of them were designed by E.V. Buchsbaum, one of which was the beach house. It was modeled after the North Avenue Beach House, and looks like a lake steamer. Unfortunately, in the 1950s, the east wing of the beach house burned in a fire, which was not rebuilt. Instead, the Park District constructed an open-air changing addition to the south side of the building. Today, the beach house is still in existence and is used by beach-goers.

Metered parking is available in nearby lots.  Get rates and additional information.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.