Make your way to the south end of the zoo parking lot, and you will see a footbridge that goes over Lake Shore Drive. The bridge is its own event; kids especially like standing and feeling the vibrations from the cars zipping closely under their feet. This bridge takes us to our next destination -- North Avenue Beach.
With over 6.5 million visitors a year, North Avenue Beach is Chicago's busiest. It's no wonder why -- the wide, sandy shore and outlook are perfect for gazing at the clear, blue waters of Lake Michigan. North Avenue Beach also plays host to professional beach volleyball tournaments, as well as the annual Chicago Air and Water show. Even in the winter time the beach is worth a visit, as its vantage point provides one of the best views of downtown Chicago.
Hey, is that a dry docked ocean liner? No, it's actually the North Avenue Beach House! Open during summer months, the 22,000 square foot beach house provides a number of amenities and services. Sports equipment rental, concession stands, a fitness center, outdoor showers, as well as Castaways Bar & Grill, the only place in Chicago you can sip on a frozen margarita on the Lake Michigan shore. But don't have too many, we still have a lot to see and do!Essentials:
- Location: 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive at North Avenue
- Transportation from Downtown: CTA Bus #151 Sheridan Northbound
Now let's stop and smell the roses!