Kathy Osterman Beach is the official name of the lovely crescent of sand known to most Chicago residents as Hollywood-Ardmore Beach. Others call it the Hollywood Beach, or the Great North Chicago Beach. It is located off Ardmore Avenue, at the tip of Lincoln Park. Visitors lodged in budget hotels and discount hotels near Kathy Osterman Beach in Chicago can easily get there by public transit. This beach is not easily accessible by car, and so is not always as crowded as some of the other Chicago beaches.
Kathy Osterman Beach is somewhat hidden by high-rise buildings. It has become a very popular spot for gays, but remains a great family beach. Parents and kids come here to swim, when the water is warm enough, and also to enjoy volleyball and frisbee. It has restrooms, showers and an on-duty lifeguard, but there are no changing facilities. Many people find it a wonderful place to have a relaxing picnic and some quiet conversation, while enjoying the view of Lake Michigan. The beach is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. from June 1 to September 5.
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