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On the shores of Lake Michigan, North Avenue Beach is one of the most popular places to relax in Chicago. Family-friendly and easily accessible from downtown, the recreational hub is within Lincoln Park and close to many other top Chicago attractions that keep the visitor count in the neighborhood high any time of the year. If you are headed to the beach by car, it’s best to pre-book a parking spot for a hassle-free experience. Although there is an on-site paid parking lot, the demand for the limited spots there is quite high. Finding street parking nearby could also be challenging as empty spots are hard to come by during peak seasons and visiting hours. A few other parking garages in Lincoln Park within walking distance of the beach could be a good alternative to the North Avenue Beach parking lot. You’ll also find several other off-site parking garages in the neighborhood – start your search on way.com for the best deals and get premium parking for the lowest rates.
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Yes, the North Avenue Beach parking lot is at 1600 N Lake Shore Drive, near the beach house on the beach's southern end. However, there are only about 120 parking spots here, and these get filled quickly. The Lincoln Park Conservatory Lot, Chicago History Museum Lot, and the Lincoln Park Zoo Lot are nearby options. You can easily find parking at North Avenue Beach online – use a parking app or website to check out available parking spots at the time of your visit.
Parking rates at the on-site North Avenue Beach Lot start at $21 for two hours or less during peak season. After two hours, the rate increases to $28, and the daily maximum after 4 hours is $39. During the off-season, parking rates at this lot reduce to $15 for two hours or less and $20 for 2-4 hours. The off-season daily maximum parking rate is $25. The daily rate at the Lincoln Park Conservatory Lot is $28 for up to 24 hours. You'll find cheaper parking rates at secure garages near the beach when you pre-book a spot online.
The North Avenue Beach parking lot and the Lincoln Park Zoo Lot are open from 6 am to 11 pm on all days of the week. The Lincoln Park Conservatory Lot and Chicago History Museum Lot on N. Stockton Drive are open 24 hours. Overnight parking is not allowed at the North Avenue Beach parking lot.
Parking is free at the North Avenue Beach Lot for 15 minutes or less throughout the year. You might also find free street parking spots on La Salle Drive, Well Street, State Parkway, Astor Street, Eugenie Street, and other cross streets near the beach. Look out for parking permit requirements and No-parking restrictions; check posted signs for maximum parking time limits, street cleaning hours, and other restrictions.
Go online on Chicago parking apps or websites to find the best North Avenue Beach parking deals. Many parking lots offer special rates and discounts on online reservations. When you pre-book parking, you'll get instant access to a guaranteed spot when you arrive at the beach and pay a lot lesser than the drive-up rates that tend to change as per the demand for parking space.
There are only 120 parking spaces at the North Avenue Beach parking lot. Arrive early to get a spot at this lot – however, there is no guarantee that it will be readily available. It is best to keep other options open to avoid a last-minute parking spot hunt.
The Diversey Harbor parking lot on N Cannon Drive, near the Notebaert Museum, is open from 6 am to 11 pm, and public parking is available here for a flat rate of $22 per day. There’s another parking lot near the Driving Range at 141 W Diversey Parkway, open 24 hours.