As the warm weather rolls in, Windy City residents are flocking to the shores of Lake Michigan to catch some warm rays and cool breezes. Chicago is home to 26 miles of scenic lakefront, including a host of beaches that rival any coastal seashore. And residents of the South Loop Chicago rentals at NEMA wake up each morning just minutes from some of the best ones. Keep reading for our rundown of the choicest beaches in Chicago.

Nestled along an artificial peninsula dating back to the 1920s, 12th Street Beach at Northerly Island Park is an urban oasis mere minutes from NEMA Chicago’s lobby. The beach lies just south of the Adler Planetarium and features a crescent-shaped beach with plenty of room for sunning. Nearby facilities include grills, restrooms, and parking. And beachgoers can grab a quick, tasty bite to eat at Del Campo's Tacos before heading back to the sand.

Beachgoers with a taste for volleyball will love Oak Street Beach on North Lakeshore Drive, where amateur and professional players face off against one another throughout the summer. Athletic visitors to this popular beach can rent bikes and volleyballs, while those seeking a relaxing time in the sun can simply rent a chair and kick back. Art appreciators will marvel at Jeff Zimmermann’s massive mural that spans the nearby Oak Street Beach underpass.

One of the city’s most popular beaches, North Avenue Beach, features a range of food and entertainment options, as well as plenty of sand and sun, all set against breathtaking Windy City vistas. From outdoor yoga to kayak rentals to personal watercraft adventures, North Avenue Beach has something for every Chicagoan, including those who just want to set up a beach chair and dive into a good novel.

NEMA Chicago residents willing to travel a little farther north up the lakeshore will love Loyola Beach, which features 21.5 acres of beachfront, a walking path, as well as a historic lighthouse. This peaceful beach/park is a great place for families looking to avoid the crowded beaches along Chicago’s immediate shoreline while still having access to amenities, including grills and lifeguarding.

After a long day at the beach, NEMA Chicago residents can recharge in their building’s spacious private spa, or relax on the building’s stunning outdoor terrace before retiring to their homes for a nightcap. Summer is just around the corner, so don’t wait! Set up your virtual appointment today, and begin living your Windy City beach adventures.