Oak Street Beach has been a major destination in Chicago for more than a century. Created in the 1890's, the beach is part of the city’s famous Lincoln Park complex. Sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan, the manmade beach is one of the region’s most popular.
Covering more than 1,212 acres, Lincoln Park began its life as a cemetery. It was transformed into parkland in the 1860's. Over time, it was extended through massive landfill projects to include not only Oak Street Beach, but a number of other public facilities. The park also includes playgrounds, meeting places, tennis courts, walking trails and more. Located at 1000 N. Lake Shore Drive, this beach and its surrounding park are owned by the city of Chicago’s park district.