The Lincoln Street Beach in Evanston has reopened after being closed for several years while construction was underway in the area.

The beach is located at the far east end of Lincoln Street, just north of Northwestern University’s Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center.

Lifeguards will be on duty from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. through Labor Day, Sept. 3.

City of Evanston season beach tokens and 10-punch teen beach passes are accepted. Daily admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children age 1-11 and may be paid at the beach entrance.

Beach visitors can park for free in NU’s north parking garage, 2311 Campus Drive, on weekends and after 4 p.m. on weekdays. An $8 daily rate applies outside of these hours.

Dogs are not allowed on any swimming beaches in Evanston.

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  1. Lincoln Street Beach

    Is this Northwestern’s beach? Do they really accept Evanston tokens for admission?

    1. Beach

      Hi Steve,

      If you look at the city’s map here, you’ll see there’s a stretch of beach at the foot of Lincoln Street that is shown as not being NU property.

      I would assume that the city officials who announced the opening of the beach know who’s collecting fees for the use of it.

      But if you try to go and find you can’t get in, let us know.

      — Bill

      1. Lincoln street beach teopens

         I have lived here for 44 years, live near Northwestern, raised 3 kids and have NEVER heard of Lincoln street beach. The closest ones were always Lighthouse and Northwestern, for which you had to buy a separate admission or token. When was Lincoln street beach previously open?

        1. Lincoln Street Beach

          I’ve lived in Evanston for 42 years since August of 1976. Lincoln Street beach was the first beach I set foot on to touch the waters of Lake Michigan when I walked from Elder Hall on the 1st day I arrived in Evanston as 5th string QB freshman walk-on – and later a wide receiver – on the NU football team. 

          My wife and 2 other neighborhood “mom friends” visited Lincoln Street Beach yesterday and said it was small but very clean and beautiful.  She said the new NU althletic complex was very impressive. 

          I can remember the days looking at the sunrise from my door room – 2nd floor lakeside all the way down at the end of the hall – inside McCulloch Hall during my freshman year after many sleepless nights for my freshman roommate – an engineering student – always grinded his teeth very loudly throughout the night.  

          Lincoln Street Beach became my home away from home where the birds, bees, beach grass, wind and seagulls blended together with the sound of water and waves lapping – and many time crashing – on the shore.  I am really looking forward to going back there this coming weekend with my wife.  I don’t think we’ll be able to convince any of our 3 sons to come – 1 will be out of town and the other 2 will be too busy.  But oh the memories!!

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