Swimming Prohibited

1208 W. Jarvis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626

Location Notes:

Jarvis Ave. @ Lake Michigan


Swimming Prohibited

Swimming is only permitted when lifeguards are on duty from 11 am – 7pm.


Swimming is only permitted when lifeguards are on duty from 11 am – 7pm.

Updated : 05/24/2024 07:00 PM

Swimming is only permitted when lifeguards are on duty from 11 am – 7pm.

Updated: 05/24/2024 07:00 PM
Water Quality

No swim restrictions due to water quality.

CCE: 30
Updated : 05/24/2024 12:18 PM
Local weather information Updated : 05/24/2024 9:00 PM Data obtained from: Ohio Street Beach
  • Temperature 73° F/ 22.9° C
  • Humidity 61%
  • Wind: 3.4 MPH from NW
Local surf information Updated: 05/24/2024 9:00 PM Data obtained from: Ohio Street Beach
  • Water Temperature: 64° F / 17.5° C
  • Wave Height: 0 ft 3 in / 0.08 m
  • Wave Period: 2.4 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 Marion Mahony Griffin 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.


Located in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the North Side, Marion Mahony Griffin Beach offers visitors a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The half-acre beach offers beach goers a place to soak up the sun and enjoy the cooling waters of Lake Michigan during Chicago’s hot summers. Whether you are looking to relax on the sandy beach soaking in some rays or getting active, Jarvis Beach is a great summer destination.

There is no distance swimming available. See Leone Beach for information on the nearest distance swimming.

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


Jarvis Beach and the adjacent Jarvis Street take their names from R.J. Jarvis, a friend of the Rogers and Touhy families. These two families founded and subdivided Rogers Park.

In Rogers Park, the beaches met the summertime recreational needs of the many residents who lived in the numerous apartment buildings built in the eastern portion of the community between 1900 and 1930. Although lifeguards staffed small municipal beaches such as Jarvis Beach, the beaches had no changing rooms or other facilities.

Jarvis Beach Park is among the 18 street-end beaches acquired by the Chicago Park District from the City of Chicago in 1959. By 1937, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation operated 27 such beaches; some of these were in existence as early as 1921. 


Limited street parking

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

Marion Mahony Griffin Beach

1208 W. Jarvis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
United States