Evanston’s five public swimming beaches are open seven days a week during the beach season. The 2012 beach season will begin on Saturday, May 26. The last day of the season will be Monday, September 3 (Labor Day). A daily pass or season token must be presented for beach admission.

Season beach tokens are on sale now at the Morton Civic Center and all community centers. The “preseason” fees for tokens, which are in effect through June 8, 2012, are $24 for an Evanston or Skokie resident and $40 for a nonresident. The regular fee for a season beach token is $32 for an Evanston or Skokie resident and $56 for a nonresident. The City of Evanston and the Skokie Park District have a reciprocal arrangement that allows Skokie residents to buy Evanston season beach tokens at resident rates and allows Evanston residents to buy Skokie season pool passes at their resident rates.

Daily passes may be purchased at beach entrances; a daily pass is $6 for children age 1-11 and $8 for people 12 years and older. Admission for children under age 1 is free.

Based on family size and income, Evanston residents may qualify for beach token fee assistance and a free beach token program. The outreach beach pass program for Evanston teens is in place again this year with passes becoming available on May 21. For community center locations and office hours or more information, please visit www.cityofevanston.org or call 3-1-1.

Beach hours from May 26 through June 8, 2012, are 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Beach hours from June 9 through Labor Day are 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. All beach hours are subject to weather and beach conditions.

Evanston has three beaches which are accessible to people with disabilities: Greenwood Street, Lee Street and Lighthouse. Smoking is prohibited on Evanston’s public. Beach Locations from North to South:

  • Lighthouse Beach – Central St. at Sheridan Rd. (2611 Sheridan Rd.)
  • Clark Street Beach – Clark St. at Sheridan Rd. (1811 Sheridan Rd.)
  • Dog Beach – Church St at the lakefront (1631 Sheridan Rd.)
  • Greenwood Street Beach – Greenwood St. at the lakefront (1401 Sheridan Rd.)
  • Lee Street Beach – Lee St. and Lake Shore Blvd. (1111 Lake Shore Blvd.)
  • South Boulevard Beach – South Blvd. at the lakefront (525 Sheridan Square)

A beach token or daily pass is needed for admission.  Admission for children under age one is always free. Daily passes may be purchased at each beach entrance. Free beach days for Evanston residents will be held at Clark Street Beach on Mondays from July 9 through August 27, 2012.

During certain conditions, swimming is prohibited at one or more of Evanston’s beaches, but admittance to the beach (sandy area) is still allowed. At other times, both the water and the beach areas are closed for your safety. During the season, check the beach status page for updates. For beach status updates, call 847/859-7822 for a recorded message, visit us online at www.cityofevanston.org/beachstatus, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/COEBeach.

Additionally, the city has just launched a new service in which beach patrons can receive either a text message or email with information on beach closures. Visit www.cityofevanston.org/beachstatus to sign-up.