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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 North Avenue Beach

USA, North East, The Great Lakes

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North Avenue Beach is one of the most popular beaches in all of chicago....

English (Translate this text in English): North Avenue Beach is one of the most popular beaches in all of chicago....

English (Translate this text in English): North Avenue Beach is one of the most popular beaches in all of chicago....

English (Translate this text in English): North Avenue Beach is one of the most popular beaches in all of chicago....

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Chicago

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualitySloppy

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBreakwater/jetty

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFast, Fun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, SouthEast, East, NorthEast

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

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Best tide movement

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdCrowded

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 Additional Information

The best surf comes on the rights that come off the point

The parking lot gets filled pretty quick on weekends when it's nice, so get there early, or else you may be walking

English (Translate this text in English): The best surf comes on the rights that come off the point<br /><br />The parking lot gets filled pretty quick on weekends when it's nice, so get there early, or else you may be walking

English (Translate this text in English): The best surf comes on the rights that come off the point&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;The parking lot gets filled pretty quick on weekends when it's nice, so get there early, or else you may be walking

English (Translate this text in English): The best surf comes on the rights that come off the point&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The parking lot gets filled pretty quick on weekends when it's nice, so get there early, or else you may be walking

Atmosphere

I know we don't get the best surf in the world, but we have as much fun as anyone. North have beach, along with doombringer, are the best spots in all of chicago, i think.

English (Translate this text in English): I know we don't get the best surf in the world, but we have as much fun as anyone. North have beach, along with doombringer, are the best spots in all of chicago, i think.

English (Translate this text in English): I know we don't get the best surf in the world, but we have as much fun as anyone. North have beach, along with doombringer, are the best spots in all of chicago, i think.

English (Translate this text in English): I know we don't get the best surf in the world, but we have as much fun as anyone. North have beach, along with doombringer, are the best spots in all of chicago, i think.

General

If all you're looking to do is put a smile on your face, this is a spot for you.

English (Translate this text in English): If all you're looking to do is put a smile on your face, this is a spot for you.

English (Translate this text in English): If all you're looking to do is put a smile on your face, this is a spot for you.

English (Translate this text in English): If all you're looking to do is put a smile on your face, this is a spot for you.

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By surfin lizzie , 04-06-2007

north ave beach?! what?! - this place would be hideous for surfing. the post below mine is totally right on, there are much better spots in the chicago area. not to mention you get a nice fat ticket if the cops catch you in there on your board, as it is illegal to surf in chicago city limits.

By Anonymous , 20-06-2006

Pylons - It ain't nice to recommend this spot. First, there's a line of pylons that is right in the line of shorebreak. You have to be able to surf around these or you're dead.There are FAR better spots around Chicago than this one.But the beach is great for volleyball and girl watching.

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