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
Fieldhouse Hours

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

Located near the Edgewater neighborhood, Kathy Osterman Beach is situated in the northernmost tip of Lincoln Park. Osterman Beach is sometimes called Ardmore Beach or Hollywood Beach because of its location near those streets.

In 2010, the Chicago Park District opened a new silver LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) beach house. This 2,750-square-foot comfort station reflects the traditional-style architecture inspired by turn-of-the-century Chicago Park District buildings.

A nearby natural area attracts migratory birds during spring and fall seasons.

Distance Swimming: parallel to shore at boat line

History

Osterman Beach is located at the northernmost tip of Lincoln Park at Ardmore Avenue. It is located between Hollywood and Ardmore Avenues, and in the past it has been referred to by both street names. A surprising amount of what is now Lincoln Park is made from landfill, and this landfill was completed in stages. Lincoln Park’s final landfill extension was completed in the 1950s between Foster and Ardmore Avenues, and the fill included a new beach at Ardmore Avenue. The beach is considered to be a part of Lincoln Park. 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 it was finally finished in 1958. Osterman Beach is named for Kathy Osterman (1943-1992), a dedicated public servant who was beloved by her community. She served as Alderman for Edgewater, President of the Edgewater Community Council, and Director of the Mayor's Office of Special Events. In 1993, Ardmore Beach was renamed in her honor as Kathy Osterman Beach.

Parking Directions

Parking
Limited street parking

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

CTA Bus Routes:
84 Peterson
147 Outer Drive Express
151 Sheridan

CTA Red Line Station:
Bryn Mawr

Map & Facilities

Osterman Beach - Nacho Mama's | Concession

5800 North and Lake Michigan
Chicago, IL 60660
United States

:
(773) 878-1183

Osterman Beach - Chicago Paddle Project | Concession

5800 North and Lake Michigan
Chicago, IL 60660
United States

:
(312) 970-0861

Kathy Osterman Beach House

5800 N. Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable Lake Shore Drive
Chicago , IL 60660
United States

:
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Osterman Beach - Nacho Mama's | Concession

5800 North and Lake Michigan
Chicago, IL 60660
United States

:
(773) 878-1183
Show on Map
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Osterman Beach - Chicago Paddle Project | Concession

5800 North and Lake Michigan
Chicago, IL 60660
United States

:
(312) 970-0861
Show on Map
default image
Kathy Osterman Beach House

5800 N. Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable Lake Shore Drive
Chicago , IL 60660
United States

:
Show on Map