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great gay-friendly beach

Beautiful, not usually crowded beach that is especially friendly towards the gay community... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2017
Great northside beach without the crowds

Kathy Osterman was Alderman for Chicago's 48 Ward from 1987-1989, which included the Edgewater... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2016
Chicago, Illinois
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Jul 12, 2017
“great gay-friendly beach”
Oct 7, 2016
“Great northside beach without the crowds”
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

Beautiful, not usually crowded beach that is especially friendly towards the gay community. Weekends are busy but there is still room to breathe and lots of activities to partake in like beach volleyball. Great sandy beach, with few pebbles, just be sure to stay towards...More

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Reviewed 7 October 2016

Kathy Osterman was Alderman for Chicago's 48 Ward from 1987-1989, which included the Edgewater neighborhood, as well as parts of the Uptown neighborhood. She was then appointed, Director of the Mayor's Office of Special Events. Named in her honor, Osterman Beach sits at the north...More

1  Thank Maninairport
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful beach! Its peaceful also, and water calm. Lucky me, i get to see it everytime i enter the Lakefront trail to start my run or bike rides. And great place to watch the sunrise.

1  Thank T G
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful beach on Lake Michegan (which is that big it looks more like an ocean). Nice little beach bar, golden sand, wifi! Loved it! Great way to spend a day on a not too crowded beach. Worth the train ride out of...More

1  Thank JodieH1984
Reviewed 15 October 2015

1. Good spot for summer time 2. You can spent time for Chinese Dragon Boat Festival 3. Spend time over there for moonrise during the Chinese Moon Festival 4. Walking distance to the restaurants 5. Good spots for the cook out party

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Reviewed 20 July 2015 via mobile

This is a great alternative to the beaches (near the) downtown (area). It's not crowded at all and has restrooms, a place to eat and sometime there's music too. The north side of the beach is where the families are at, the south part is...More

4  Thank Marksworld777
Reviewed 28 July 2013

Visiting family nearby, we walked to the Kathy Osterman Beach for a day in the sun. Its a very nice beach. Not too crowded. There is a playground at the far end, so most people with children were concentrated in that area, while the other...More

2  Thank PaceJapan
Reviewed 17 July 2013 via mobile

This is a very nice beach, free, with concessions available during the summer. There are a couple of life guards on duty. Although busy on hot summer days, it's not packed. There is no parking, however, so you have to park a couple blocks away...More

1  Thank Karen G
Reviewed 23 February 2006

This crescent-shaped beach is at the northern end of Lincoln Park, where Lake Shore Drive curves and ends, and joins Sheridan Road. Not heavily frequented for some years, the beach is seeing increased popularity. Access to the beach is limited to foot-traffic, because there's no...More

5  Thank gomexico
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8 September 2015|
Response from tinadav0697 |
A couple blocks up on Broadway.