Day Trip to Glencoe Beach

Summer isn’t complete without a trip to the beach! Glencoe Beach is located on the beautiful north shore of Lake Michigan in Glencoe, IL and is a very family-friendly beach to visit for the day. My family and I have spent a day on Glencoe Beach for the past few summers. Here are some tips on making the day fun for all.

Day Trip to Glencoe Beach

Glencoe Beach Location and Parking

Glencoe Beach
55 Hazel Drive
Glencoe, IL 60022

Glencoe is about 30 miles north of the western suburbs and free parking is available. We usually try to time it so that we arrive around 10:00 am, and there is always ample free parking along Park Avenue. Once you’ve parked, simply head towards the beach. You can walk down the paved road or take the free shuttle service, available on a large golf cart.  This can be very helpful if you are carrying beach chairs and gear. The shuttle seems to run on an as-needed basis, so it is usually available for your convenience.

Admission and Rentals

Daily Admission (non-resident) is $10 for children ages 2–14 years old and $14 for adults. There are also many rentals available including the following (all prices are for non-residents):

  • Sailboat Rental: $40/hour
  • Hobie Catamaran Rental: $50/hour
  • Kayak Rental: $30/hour
  • Paddleboard Rental: $30/hour
  • Chair: $4/day
  • Umbrella: $3/day
  • Chair & Umbrella: $6/day
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We have rented a kayak with a small group and rotated the children with an adult. The water was calm and beautiful for kayaking. Life jackets are available with the kayak.

There is also a spray playground located right on the beach. This is a lot of fun and gives kids something else to do besides play at the beach. Restrooms and changing rooms are located near the playground. New this year is a lakeside cafe with dining options. We always pack a lunch and cooler for a picnic on the beach. Also be sure to pack a beach blanket, sunscreen, water, and some beach toys.

Click here for a helpful list of other beautiful beaches in Chicago. Spend a day this summer at the beach!

Looking for more summer fun? Check out our 2017 Summer Bucket List!


About the Author

Meghan Neill
Meghan and her husband live in Downers Grove with their two sons ages six and seven and their four year old daughter. She is a transplant to the Chicago area and absolutely loves all that the western suburbs have to offer for her young family. One of their favorite places to visit year round is the Morton Arboretum. During the summer months, they love to garden, bike, swim, and play golf together. In the winter, Meghan and her children are happy to be home trying out new kid friendly recipes and being creative. As a former teacher, Meghan believes in a healthy balance of unstructured play and scheduled activities. She is excited to be part of the Kidlist team and wants to help families add fun and laughter to their days!

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