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Foster Beach

Fosters Beach

Lake Michigan Hotel near Foster Beach - The Willows

Located just a couple of blocks from our Lake Michigan hotel is the expansive outdoor destination, Lake Michigan. One of the great beaches within walking distance of The Willows Hotel is Foster Beach. Whether you are looking to get in some people watching, a morning jog along the beach or a leisurely evening stroll, this popular destination includes a lakefront trail ideal for a number of outdoor activities.

Foster Beach

5200 N. Lake Shore Drive / Foster Avenue and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60640

Foster Beach, built over the decade of the 1950's, offers a beach house with concessions, bike rentals to enjoy the trail and restrooms. Swimming is also available when lifeguards are on duty. The northeast end of Foster Beach is a popular dog beach. Stop by the Boucher Brothers for water sports and lounge chair rentals, or simply bring a towel and laze the day away on the waterfront.

Montrose Avenue Beach

4400 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60613

Explore Chicago's largest beach, located in Uptown. Montrose Avenue Beach is one of the only beaches in the area where visitors are permitted to launch non-motorized watercraft and is also one of only two dog friendly beaches in the area. Food and refreshment can be found at "The Dock at Montrose Beach," complete with a 3,000 square foot patio deck for lounging about in the fresh ocean air. Parking is plentiful.

Kathy Osterman Beach / Hollywood Beach

5800 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60626

The southern half of Kathy Osterman Beach, formerly Hollywood Beach, caters largely to Chicago's gay and lesbian community. Beach volleyball is one of the more popular activities here and beach-goers will also find a beach house and concession stand. As an added bonus, in the upper portions of the beach you'll find a grass reserve for migrating birds and butterflies. There is no parking here.

Relaxing Lake Michigan Beach Hotel

The Willows Hotel is an inviting retreat that gives you the best of the city and the great outdoors, with a number of Lake Michigan beaches nearby. A historic building and classic décor harkening the 19th century combined with the modern amenities you crave make us a standout choice. Enjoy complimentary continental breakfast daily and high-speed Wi-Fi. Breathe easily in our 100% smoke free environment. Please, browse more of our fantastic amenities here.