Park Hours
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.


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


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

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:


Map & Facilities

N Simonds Dr
Chicago, IL 60640


Foster & Lakeshore drive
Chicago, IL 60640

(773) 820-2679

Foster & Lakeshore drive
Chicago, IL 60640

(312) 375-3475

Foster & Lakeshore drive
Chicago, IL 60640

(773) 561-5020
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