Oak Street BeachGold Coast
This is Chicago's most famous beach, making it popular with suburbanites, tourists and locals alike. The rather large beach is in the shadow of the John Hancock Building and is a busy place, with a constant stream of bikers, skaters and joggers -- watch out when you cross the bike path! There are plenty of vendors (including bicycle rental) and a swimming ledge to the north offers deep-water swimming. Restrooms are located further nouth at North Avenue beach.