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Mount Baldy

No lifeguards. Swim at your own risk; rip currents and large waves can make swimming hazardous.

The Beach Trail hike is a short hike with a steep climb down loose sand to the beach. Be sure to plan accordingly as the only way out is up the steep trail. Do not bring a large cooler or other large beach items as the climb up from the beach is difficult. The sweeping views of Lake Michigan are fantastic.

Lake View Beach

No lifeguards. Swim at your own risk; rip currents and large waves can make swimming hazardous. Parking lot fills up very quickly on summer weekends and holidays.

West Beach

Lifeguards are present from the Friday of Memorial Day through the Monday of Labor Day. Lifeguards are not present at other times of the year. Swim at your own risk. Rip currents and large waves can make swimming hazardous. Parking lot holds 600 cars and the best location for summer and holiday weekends. The bath house, picnic tables, restrooms, some picnic shelters, and walkway to the beach are wheelchair accessible. The beach itself is not wheelchair accessible.

There is a $6.00 per car parking fee from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. There are picnic shelters; some are reservable on www.recreation.gov.

Rainbow Beach Park – Chicago Park District

Located in the South Chicago neighborhood, Rainbow Beach and Park totals 142.24 acres and features a gymnasium, fitness center and multipurpose rooms. A green feature of the park includes a community garden. Outside, the park offers a beach and comfort station, basketball/ tennis/ handball courts, baseball diamonds, and two playgrounds.Many of these spaces are available for rental including our fields, gymnasium and multipurpose clubrooms.