Montrose Beach is a Wildlife Oasis. Relax on the beach near the bird sanctuary, sling up a hammock in the park or hang out with puppies near the dog beach. Hop on a kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard to chill on the lake and enjoy the summer breeze.
Opening Day at Montrose Beach:
The Chicago lake front is currently closed due to Chicago’s stay at home order. Now that Chicago is moving into phase 3, we are hopeful that the Lake front and beaches will open soon. We will update the website once we know what date we can open. Until then, our river location is open for rentals and tours starting on June 6th.
Kayak Chicago is located at the SouthEast end of Montrose beach in front of the volleyball nets just south of The Dock restaurant (200 W Montrose Harbor Dr.)
Address: GPS @ 41.9374657,-87.6467392 Chicago, IL
Getting here: If you are signed up for a tour or class, arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the event. Plan ahead for traffic during the summertime when this is a very busy beach and parking is limited.
There is plenty of free street parking throughout Montrose park and a pay lot with limited parking, arrive early to secure a spot. We recommend riding your bike as the easiest option.
What to Bring: Beach wear, for playing in the water, fluids and snacks to keep you going and reduce heat exhaustion, sunglasses/hat and sunblock to shade you and protect! A camera is great to bring when you are out on the water, so don’t forget your waterproof bag.
Storage: We have storage cubbies at each of our locations, in case you want to leave something behind, or don’t want it to get wet. Anything you bring on the water has the potential to get wet.