Open Hours: Memorial Day through Labor Day, 9am-9:30pm
Cross over the North Avenue Bridge from Lincoln Park, pause to admire the stunning view of Lake Shore Drive and Michigan ... More
North Avenue Beach and Chess Pavilion
Cross over the North Avenue Bridge from Lincoln Park, pause to admire the stunning view of Lake Shore Drive and Michigan Avenue, and then head to the beach to stake your ground for summertime fun. Left to crumbling and rust for many years, the North Avenue Beach House was recently restored. Shaped something like a boat, the beach house contains restrooms and snack bars. If swimming and sun bathing is not your thing, try matching wits with one of the players at the vintage chess pavilion near the beach house.
Reviews for North Avenue Beach and Chess Pavilion: 2
Fun in the sun!
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 9/1/05
North Shore is rumored to be the best beach in Chicago, and I agree. The atmosphere is fun, the kids are happy, and the water is great. There is a fun little eaterie and bar on the beach, for those who like to watch the festivities. There is also a chess pavilion for those who would like to hone their problem-solving and strategy skills.
You'll notice I gave the beach a 4 instead of a 5. I was disappointed in the swimming availablility at the beach. The water is very shallow in the areas where getting wet is allowed, and the life-guards are very vocal about keeping the masses where they belong. I understand that safety is a top priority, so those who would like a rigorous workout should either jog around on the fantastic jogging/biking/blading path, or find a pool to do laps. North Shore is not the destination for the avid swimmer to work out.
That aside, I have been to the beach quite a few times, and it is generally clean, not overly crowded, people are happy, the water is great, and there is almost always something going on.
i liked the outdoor atmosphere. there were 20 or 30 chess boards inlain in the concrete. it was very sunny and had a little wind. it seemed like many of the players wanted to play for money. one of the hustlers lost a game but could not pay his bet. what a welsher! some players would play without betting. the top players were rated around 2000 and could play a whole game in less than a minute.
no chess pieces are furnished, bring your own or find someone who has a set.
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