Woman paddleboarding at Tobey Prinz Beach

  Swimming Prohibited

1045 W Pratt
Chicago, IL 60626

Located Within: Prinz (Tobey) Beach Park


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 : 07/14/2024 07:00 PM

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

Updated: 07/14/2024 07:00 PM
Water Quality

No swim restrictions due to water quality.

CCE: 127
Updated : 07/13/2024 11:59 AM
Local weather information Updated : 07/15/2024 5:00 AM Data obtained from: Ohio Street Beach
  • Temperature 73° F/ 22.5° C
  • Humidity 85%
  • Wind: 3.6 MPH from W
Local surf information Updated: 07/15/2024 6:00 AM Data obtained from: Ohio Street Beach
  • Water Temperature: 71° F / 21.5° C
  • Wave Height: 0 ft 2 in / 0.04 m
  • Wave Period: 4.3 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 Tobey Prinz 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.


Tobey Prinz Beach Park is located in Rogers Park on the north side. Chicago's 26 miles of public beaches offer the perfect settings for playing, relaxing and soaking it all in. From charming neighborhood beaches to Oak Street's skyline view, we've got a beach just for you.

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


Tobey Prinz strived to encourage open housing practices in Rogers Park and was a founder and leader of the Rogers Park Tenants Committee which had a long lasting influence on Chicago’s housing conditions. She was also a strong proponent for parks and open space in the Rogers Park Community. She was involved in the successful campaign to convert the Bryn Mawr Country Club into Warren Park, when developers wanted to convert the site into a shopping center and housing complex. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, when lakefront property in Rogers Park was available for development, Prinz led a “Save the Beaches” campaign that resulted in the protection of approximately a dozen street-end beaches. Renaming Pratt Beach in honor of Tobey Prinz is a fitting tribute to Tobey Prinz’s extraordinary commitment to saving beaches and parkland as well as to make life better in Rogers Park and throughout Chicago.


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

Tobey Prinz Beach

1045 W Pratt
Chicago, IL 60626
United States