We're pinning the best swimming holes, lakes and beaches near Chicago on one handy map! Pack the beach gear and try out one of these parent-approved places to swim (or boat or fish) with kids.
Help make this the ultimate resource for families by adding your tips & reviews, and let us know if we're missing any other top spots for beach chilling or lake swimming around Chicago and the suburbs.
Nothing beats recommendations from fellow parents, so chime in on our list of the best Chicago swimming pools, too.
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