Downtown Evanston - Beaches, Parks, and Recreation

Evanston is home to 76 beautiful parks and 50 playgrounds for different ages, activities and more! Two parks located near downtown Evanston are the Merrick Rose Garden and Raymond Park. Click here to view information about all parks including information about obtaining permits for special events at the parks. 

Evanston is set on the shores of Lake Michigan and is home to six public swimming beaches and a beautiful lakefront path for walking, biking, running and more. Click here for information about beach hours, daily passes and free days for Evanston residents.

If you’re feeling adventurous, the Northwestern Sailing Center offers kayak, sailboat and stand up paddle board rentals and lessons. Click here to start your adventure on the water!