Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Enjoy Chicago North Shore Beaches This Summer!

Even though we’re still in the month of May, it feels like we’ve already hit summer with the recent balmy temperatures and beautiful sunshine!  And, with Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, many of us here on the North Shore are ready for the official start of the summer season boasting a number of great outdoor activities.

Whether you currently live in Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Deerfield, Northbrook or any of the other North Shore cities; chances are you’re anticipating taking advantage of the North Shore’s great location along Lake Michigan.  Summers are the perfect time for setting sail, boating, swimming or just soaking up the sun on the sandy beaches.  Yet, safety is also a number one priority if you’re going to be enjoying the North Shore beaches; so I thought I’d highlight a few safety tips you’ll want to review before heading out to the sun and sand!

• Always wear sunscreen!  Even with clouds overhead and late afternoon sun, your skin will still be exposed to harmful UV rays; be sure to protect your skin.

• Make sure everyone in your boat can swim, and if not, that floating devices are used and there is someone watching that person at all times.

• Never swim alone! Even the most experienced swimmers can experience fatigue, or an injury that will make it hard to swim.

• Always watch children who are anywhere near water! The most accidents happen when children are wading in shallow water, so always make sure they’re supervised!

• Be sure to swim only in designated swimming areas.

• Look before you leap! Never dive into water unless you know that it’s deep enough to do so. Always keep your hands above your head when diving to ensure safety.

• Never mix swimming or boating with alcohol.

Now that you’ve reviewed these important safety tips, I thought I’d point out a few of the North Shore beaches where you can enjoy the beautiful summer season! 

Glencoe Beach
Hazel & Park Ave, Glencoe
This beach opens June 7 and is a fantastic beach with free, but limited, parking!  A perk is that the beach staff operates a cart service from the lot to the beach so that you don’t have to carry all of your beach stuff to and from the beach!

Elder Lane Beach
Elder Lane & Sheridan Road, Winnetka
Amenities include: swimming beach, beach house with restrooms, playground and off-street parking. Daily admission and season passes are available.

Lloyd Beach Sailing Center and Boat Launch
Lloyd Place & Sheridan Road, Winnetka

Lloyd Beach is home of Winnetka Park District's junior sailing program, a public boat launch for power and sailboats up to 24' and small boat storage for kayaks, canoes, Sunfish, Lasers and similar sized boats. The boat launch allows patrons to purchase a daily fee or season pass for the launching of boats. Personal Watercraft are launched by season-pass only, no daily fees.

Tower Road Beach
Tower Road & Sheridan Road, Winnetka
Amenities include: swimming beach, beach house equipped with restroom, showers, vending machines, concessions, sand volleyball court, playground, wet sand play area complete with spray pole, boardwalk extending from parking lot to beach house, two parking lots, walkway from top of bluff to beach and picnic shelter at the top of bluff. Daily admission and season passes are available.

Of course there are many other options for beaches along Chicago’s North Shore, but I wanted to highlight just a few that you’ll enjoy! 

If you don’t currently live on the North Shore, or you’ve been dreaming of buying a second home along the Lake Michigan shoreline as a vacation destination; please let me know!

As an experienced North Shore Real Estate agent, I would love to help you navigate through the home buying process and can show you some of the beautiful homes currently for sale on the North Shore Real Estate market!

Please feel free to contact me today!

Janie Bress
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