Hours

Park Hours
Day Time slot Comment
Sunday: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Monday: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Tuesday: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am-7:00 pm

Hours Notes

The beach is open from 6 am to 11 pm, but swimming is only permitted when lifeguards are on duty, from 11 am to 7 pm daily.

Description

Foster Beach is located at 5200 N. Lake Shore Drive (at Foster Avenue and Lake Michigan) in Lincoln Park. Amenities include a beach house with food concessions, bike rentals and restrooms.  A popular dog beach is also located at northeast end of Foster Beach. Distance swimming is from Center Tower to north end of beach, parallel to shore at boat line. Pay and display parking lot is available along with ADA accessible beach walk. 

Swimming Distance: center tower to north end of beach, parallel to shore at boat line

History

A surprising amount of what is now Lincoln Park is made from landfill. Lincoln Park’s final landfill extension was completed in the 1950s between Foster Avenue and Ardmore Avenue, and the fill included a new beach at Foster Avenue.

Planning and design for the extension started in 1947, but construction and fill did not begin until three years later. The fill project continued over the majority of the decade, and finally finished in 1958.

E.V Buchsbaum designed the beach house for the site, which was constructed between the late 1950s and early 1960s. In the 1990s, a new beach house provided improved facilities and amenities.

Parking Directions

Parking
Pay & display parking lot
Get rates and additional information.

Public Transit
The following public bus & train routes serve this beach:

CTA Bus Routes:
147 Outer Drive Express
151 Sheridan

CTA Red Line Station:
Berwyn

Map & Facilities

Foster Beach - Wheel of Fun Rental

Foster & Lakeshore drive
Chicago, IL 60640
United States

:
(773) 561-5020

Foster Beach - Prairie Café

Foster & Lakeshore drive
Chicago, IL 60640
United States

:
(312) 375-3475

Foster Beach - La Playa Concession

Foster & Lakeshore drive
Chicago, IL 60640
United States

:
(773) 820-2679

Lead with the Heart

N Simonds Dr
Chicago, IL 60640
United States

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Foster Beach - Wheel of Fun Rental

Foster & Lakeshore drive
Chicago, IL 60640
United States

:
(773) 561-5020
Show on Map
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Foster Beach - Prairie Café

Foster & Lakeshore drive
Chicago, IL 60640
United States

:
(312) 375-3475
Show on Map
default image
Foster Beach - La Playa Concession

Foster & Lakeshore drive
Chicago, IL 60640
United States

:
(773) 820-2679
Show on Map
Figures carved into the top of four tree shafts grouped together.
Lead with the Heart

N Simonds Dr
Chicago, IL 60640
United States

:
Show on Map