North Avenue Beach

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Man Hospitalized, Another Injured, After Being Pulled From Lake

Fire paramedics have taken two people to the hospital after they were rescued from Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach Saturday afternoon.


A Chicago Park District lifeguard keeps an eye on swimmers at North Avenue Beach. (Credit: CBS)

Lake Swimmers Extra Cautious After Drowning At North Av. Beach

Swimmers at North Avenue Beach were taking extra precautions on Wednesday, a day after a 14-year-old boy drowned while swimming there.

CBS 2–06/13/2012

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Teen Dies After Being Pulled From Lake At North Av. Beach

Family and friends are mourning after an 8th grade graduation celebration turned tragic at North Avenue Beach, when a 14-year-old boy drowned while swimming with friends.

CBS Chicago–06/12/2012


Summer Guide To Castaways Bar & Grill

Chicago in the summer is all about being outdoors, near the lake and taking advantage of the fleeting warm weather. Castaways Bar and Grill is an iconic summer staple. The huge ship that sits at North Avenue beach is like a beacon to beach goers everywhere. Aside from its prime location for soaking up sun and refueling after a long day at the beach, here are a few things to know.


Kids play in a sprinkler at Washington Park on Memorial Day, when temperatures reached as high as 95 degrees in the Chicago area. (Credit: CBS)

Chicagoans Doing All They Can To Beat The Record Heat

Record high temperatures in Chicago on Monday made it another perfect day to be at any of Chicago’s beaches.

CBS Chicago–05/28/2012

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Volunteers Clean North Avenue Beach As Sunbather Lounges

Volunteers picked up trash at the North Avenue Beach Wednesday, to publicize “outdoor ethics” ahead of the official opening of the Chicago beaches on Friday.

WBBM Newsradio–05/24/2012

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City To End Most Swimming Bans At Beaches, Which Open Friday

Chicago beaches open for the summer on Friday, and the Park District says this year, you can expect to see fewer days when swimming is forbidden.

WBBM Newsradio–05/23/2012

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Man Shot, Wounded On North Avenue Beach

A man was shot and wounded before sunrise Friday as he walked with a group of others at the North Avenue Beach.

CBS Chicago–04/13/2012

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Beach Polo World Cup Coming To Chicago

It will be an unusual sight along the lakefront this weekend, as for the first time, the Beach Polo World Cup will be played in Chicago at North Avenue Beach.

CBS 2–09/30/2011

Chicago police horse "Mikey C" and his human partner, Chicago Police Officer Paul Casasanto (Photo courtesy: Chicago Police Department)

Officers Mourn Dedicated Chicago Police Horse

A Chicago Police lieutenant said fallen Chicago Police horse Mikey C. was special, and it would take 10 police officers to replace him.

CBS Chicago–08/31/2011

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Women Stage Topless Protest During Air Show

What would the Chicago Air & Water Show be without a topless protest? Men go topless all the time. So why not women? That was the message of a protest Sunday at North Avenue Beach, as a group of women fought for the right to bare their breasts.

WBBM Newsradio–08/21/2011

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Topless Protest To Be Held In Middle Of Air And Water Show

Some protesters are planning to get a few things off their chests – in a very literal sense – at North Avenue Beach over the weekend.

CBS Chicago–08/19/2011

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A Beach For Every Bum: Best Chicago Beaches We’re so spoiled living on big, beautiful Lake Michigan. Sure, the water is usually freezing, but nothing beats a day at the beach. All 28 miles of Chicago lakefront are managed by the Chicago […]


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Guide To: North Avenue Beach

Yes, you could easily watch jets zoom overhead all day. Unfortunately, the Air & Water Show doesn’t last all day. What will you do with the rest of your time you spend at North Avenue Beach? Here’s a list of things to enjoy and and near North Avenue Beach. Don’t say we never gave you anything.


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Best Views For The Air & Water Show

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’ll be indistinguishable—whatever it is—if you don’t have a good spot to watch the Air & Water Show come August 20th and 21st. Whether it’s Superman or, even cooler, a Thunderbird jet you’re looking for in the sky, the following spots will offer an unobstructed and clear view for you – ensuring you’ll know exactly what you’re looking at.


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Man Found Dead On Lakefront Bike Path

The body of an Elgin man was found Monday morning on the lakefront bike path near North Avenue Beach.

CBS Chicago–07/25/2011

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Man Charged With Trying To Kidnap Toddler At North Avenue Beach

A South Side man has been charged with trying to kidnap a small boy at North Avenue Beach on Saturday.

CBS Chicago–07/03/2011

Armando Uvalle, left, prevented a stranger Saturday from grabbing his 2-year-old son. (CBS)

Dad Foils Would-Be Child Abductor, Who Is Quickly Arrested

Chicago police moved fast Saturday after a father told an officer that a suspect tried to run off with his 2-year-old son.


Police chased off swimmers at North Avenue Beach on Monday after four people were treated for heat exhaustion. (CBS)

9-1-1 Calls Reveal Crowd Concerns At North Ave. Beach

Questions persist about why North Avenue Beach was really closed on Memorial Day. Emergency calls made that day seems to suggest concerns about the crowds, not the heat.

CBS Chicago–06/23/2011

Chicago police patrol North Avenue Beach. (CBS)

With School Out, Police Presence Boosted Downtown

With school out and in the wake of mob attacks along the lakefront, the Chicago Police Department is making a big show of force along the beaches and Michigan Avenue.

CBS Chicago–06/17/2011