Chicagoland beach we could "visit" from the car?
May 4, 2020 12:10 PM   Subscribe

Every Mother's Day since forever, we have gone to Indiana Dunes National Seashore/Park. It is my wife's favorite thing in the world. This year of course we cannot do that, but I really want to find a place where we can at least still enjoy a nice view of a beach and the lake while we sit safely in the car. Do you know of a Chicagoland beach/viewpoint that is particularly nice from the parking lot?
posted by AgentRocket to Travel & Transportation around Chicago, IL (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: I'd usually recommend Gillson Park in Wilmette but the park district there controls the parking lot and with COVID it might all be locked down.

A better bet might be taking the drive to Simmons Island Park in Kenosha, where you can pretty much drive up to the water and they're not as fussy about access.
posted by JoeZydeco at 12:21 PM on May 4, 2020 [1 favorite]

Best answer:
This year of course we cannot do that[...]
Why not? I don't think the dunes are closed or off-limits - though bathrooms and buildings will be shut.
posted by kickingtheground at 1:56 PM on May 4, 2020 [5 favorites]

The first thing that came to mind is my favorite parking structure on the Northwestern campus. Link to Google Street View. I’m sorry to say that I have no idea whether it’s accessible these days.
posted by Xalf at 5:11 PM on May 4, 2020

I am very fond of the Glencoe beach and there is fairly a large park above it with a nice view of the water. I don't see anything on the park district site about the actual parks being closed. Sadly, the Glencoe Foodstuffs is not open on Sundays right now or you could get a super expensive picnic.

But Kenosha sounds wonderful too.
posted by BibiRose at 5:39 PM on May 5, 2020

You know what, forget Glencoe. You are rightly not going to leave your car and only a few of the parking places at the Glencoe beach would have a really good view and I think a lot of people will try to go there and they may indeed block off the parking lot on the weekend.
posted by BibiRose at 5:58 PM on May 5, 2020

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