Montrose Beach: Your Chicago Summertime Destination

Montrose Beach: Your Chicago Summertime Destination

Lake Michigan and its beaches is one of Chicago’s most fabulous resources. Whether you are looking for a family friendly outing, a way to exercise outdoors, or an afternoon of relaxation by the water the Chicago beaches should be the destination at the top of your list. Montrose Beach is one of the less frequented locations, away from the downtown and tourist populated areas. Yet, it is conveniently located in the Uptown neighborhood – just a short drive or CTA ride away for residents and tourists alike.

Fabulous Amenities

Montrose Beach

Montrose Beach will become your favorite lakeside destination once you experience its charm and convenient amenities. Come have the best day at the beach yet!

  • Pay and Display parking lot
  • Accessible street parking
  • Food concessions
  • Kayak rentals
  • Volleyball rentals
  • Non-motorized boat launch
  • Restrooms and showers
  • Distance swimming
  • Lifeguard on duty during all swim hours
  • Dog friendly area at north end of beach
  • ADA accessible beach walk
  • Natural area south of beach with migratory birds and endangered plants

Historic Beach House

In 1934, funding from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal provided the resources to make the Montrose Beach a reality. This included a beach house designed by E.V. Buchsbaum, a portion of which is still in use today. In the 1950s a section of the beach house was destroyed in a fire. Although the Chicago Park District didn’t rebuild it, they put the space to good use by adding an open-air changing area.

Contact Shoreline Sightseeing

Shoreline Sightseeing is the premiere tour company in Chicago, providing residents and tourists alike with architectural boat cruises and architectural tours. To learn more about the history of Chicago, sign up for one of our fabulous tour options today! You can view our schedule here. Contact us for more information and to sign up for a tour today!