Due to erosion.


7519 N Eastlake Terrace
Chicago, IL 60626

Located Within: Howard (Ure) Beach Park


  • 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 Howard
  • No surfing or kiteboarding. Kiteboarding is ONLY permitted at Montrose Beach.


Howard Beach is closed for the season due to erosion.  Please enjoy nearby Marion Mahony Griffin Beach.

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A growing population of apartment dwellers in Rogers Park and other far North Side neighborhoods lacked easy access to recreational opportunities, making the beaches a valued neighborhood asset. In contrast to the city's larger municipal beaches, the street-end beaches had no changing rooms or other facilities — though lifeguards did man the beaches.

The city Bureau of Parks and Recreation often used adjacent street names for identification purposes. Howard Avenue and the adjoining beach are named for Howard Ure (1896-1984), scion of a Rogers Park pioneer family. John Calder Ure began to farm in the Rogers Park area in the mid-19th century. His son, John F. Ure, founded the Ure Dairy on his father's property and later donated the right-of-way for Howard Avenue. Howard Ure, a banker, became a director of the Howard Avenue Trust and Savings Bank at the early age of 26. Between 1953 and 1973, he served as a director of the North Shore National Bank of Chicago.

The Chicago Park District acquired Howard Beach Park from the City of Chicago in 1959. Since at least 1921, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation had operated the beach along with a group of 18 municipal beaches.

Map & Facilities

Howard Beach

7519 N Eastlake Terrace
Chicago, IL 60626
United States