How about visiting the beach while you are in Chicago?
It’s something even some of the locals do not know about, but Chicago actually has great Beaches, and you can visit one of the nicest when you’re staying with the University of Chicago hotel.
The 57th Street Beach is located less than 2 miles away from our hotel. The beach is situated directly across from the Museum of Science and Industry and comes complete the concession stand, changing rooms, bathrooms and a lifeguard.
Promontory Point is a man-made peninsula that sticks out into Lake Michigan at 55th Street. Designed by Alfred Caldwell in the thirties, the park contains a historical Field House first open to the public in 1937. This makes the park is a favorite site for weddings and corporate events.
The beach and associated parklands are one of the favorite areas for locals to watch the Fourth of July fireworks, and provide an excellent place to see the Navy Pier Fireworks shows that occur every Wednesday and Saturday during the summer months. For a schedule of the fireworks please click here. Of course it’s not just locals that enjoy viewing fireworks from the 57th Street Beach, visitors are always welcome. As a guest at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites Chicago Lake Shore you’re close by, so why not take advantage of a little bit of added beach time
The north side of Promontory Point has shallow water and the bottom of the lake is sandy making the area kid friendly and ideal for wading and cooling off on a hot summer’s day.. Boats cannot enter the swimming area which provides an extra measure of safety.. The 57th Street Beach and Promontory Point are both great swimming spots for families, kayakers and windsurfers.
Before heading to the beach check with us at the front desk and we can let you know if there are any restrictions or advisories concerning water-quality. The Chicago Park District Authority occasionally restrict swimming during periods of the year due to concerns about health and safety. You can also check an online list of restrictions on their site. Keep in mind that a swimming restriction doesn’t mean the beach is closed to sunbathers.
No beach is complete without concession stands and we are pleased to tell you that tht 57th Street Beach offers standard family favorites like hot dogs, pizza or ice cream that any kid will love.
Take advantage of the LaQuinta’s free parking and free breakfast when you stay with us.