May 27, 2022 - Things to Do

Photo flashback: Chicago beaches

People on beach

People in bathing suits at Oak Street Beach in 1929. Photo: Chicago Daily News/Chicago History Museum/Getty Images

Area beaches open today!

  • Here's a look back at our city enjoying what Lake Michigan has to offer. Happy summer, Chicago.
Beach scene
The same Oak Street scene 90 years later. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios
Kids on beach
Kids bury a friend up to his neck in the sand at 57th Street Beach in 1987. Photo: Stephen Marc/Chicago History Museum/Getty Images
Girls on beach
A woman applies suntan lotion to her friend's back at North Avenue Beach in 1958. Photo: Underwood Archives/Getty Images
People on beach grass
Chicago families at 12th Street Beach in 1973. Photo: HUM Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Baby on beach with a pail
Leslee Ditka wails after her first dunking at North Avenue Beach in 1948. Photo: Bettmann Archives/Getty Images
Two people on the beach
Justin and Monica working remotely at Montrose Beach in 2021. Photo: A random person who thankfully didn't steal our phone
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