Helen Doria Beach during a sunset

  Swimming Permitted

1040 W. Columbia Ave
Chicago, IL 60626

Located Within: Doria (Helen) Beach Park


Swimming Permitted


No swim restrictions due to weather.

Updated : 07/15/2024 11:26 AM

No swim restrictions due to surf.

Updated: 07/15/2024 11:27 AM
Water Quality

No swim restrictions due to water quality.

CCE: 105
Updated : 07/15/2024 12:17 PM
Local weather information Updated : 07/15/2024 4:00 PM Data obtained from: Ohio Street Beach
  • Temperature 89° F/ 31.5° C
  • Humidity 59%
  • Wind: 1.9 MPH from NE
Local surf information Updated: 07/15/2024 5:00 PM Data obtained from: Ohio Street Beach
  • Water Temperature: 72° F / 22.3° C
  • Wave Height: 0 ft 3 in / 0.08 m
  • Wave Period: 2.2 sec


  • Swim only when lifeguards are on duty.
  • Follow lifeguards’ instructions.
  • Only Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) are permitted. Person-children wearing PFDs should have adult present.
  • No smoking.
  • No alcohol.
  • No dogs on the beach.
  • Do not feed birds or wildlife.
  • Dispose of trash and recycling in appropriate containers.
  • Grill in designated areas only and dispose of coals in red barrels.
  • Keep accessible beach walks clear. No bicycling, skateboarding or rollerblading is permitted in these areas.
  • There is no paddle or board sport access to the Lake Michigan Water Trail at Helen Doria Beach.
  • No surfing or kiteboarding. Kiteboarding is ONLY permitted at Montrose Beach.



Facility Hours
Weekday 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 during the beach season when lifeguards are on duty from 11 am to 7 pm, in designated swim areas.  The beach season runs from the Friday before Memorial Day, through Labor Day.


In 2016, the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners renamed Columbia Beach Park in honor of Helen Doria. 

Swimming Distance: parallel to shore at boat line. 

For questions regarding Chicago beaches, email beaches3@chicagoparkdistrict.com


Limited street parking

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

CTA Bus Routes:
96 Lunt
147 Outer Drive Express
155 Devon

CTA Red Line Station:

Map & Facilities

Helen Doria Beach

1040 W. Columbia Ave
Chicago, IL 60626
United States