5800 N Lake Shore Drive Hollywood Avenue and Sheridan Road, Chicago, United States
beach type: sandy (细沙)
attracts: mostly gay (主要同志族群)
It is apt that the gay beach in Chicago, popularly called Hollywood Beach, is officially named after Kathy Osterman, the Chicago politician who fought for gay rights in the 1980s. It is arguably one of the best kept secrets in gay travel.
The beach is full of pure white sand that, on a sunny Midwest day, makes you believe that you are in Florida rather than Illinois. You’ll also find a friendly, down-to-earth crowd with a lot less attitude than other US beaches on the south coast.
Note that smoking is not permitted on any Chicago beach. On the upside, there is free wi-fi offered by the city council.
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