Lakefront & Parks

Downtown Evanston - Beaches, Parks, and Recreation

Evanston has approximately 76 beautiful parks and 50 playgrounds. So there's something for everyone.


Find out more about park locations and hours. You can also download park maps


Our 5 public swimming beaches and the lakefront are also popular attractions. A daily pass must be presented for beach admission, and may be purchased at each beach entrance.

Check beach hours and locations.

If you’re feeling adventurous, kayak and sailboat rentals and lessons are available at Dempster Street beach, located at 1251 Lakeshore Boulevard, (where Dempster meets the lake).
Hit the Beach!

Beach hours are as follows:
  • May 23 through June 5: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • June 6 through Sept. 7 (Labor Day): 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.