Continent
North America
Country
Illinois (USA)
Next Big City
Chicago
Next Town
Chicago
 
Type:
Lake
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Shower, Toilet, Food

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat, Chop, Small wave
Hazards:
No information
Quality:
No information
Best Tide:
Tide independent

On N, NW winds the water is choppy and smooth on NE, ENE and E winds.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Medium
Hazards:
Other
Beach Users:
July, August

It is a fairly big beach length and width wise. The sandy beach has some broken glass so care should be taken for your gear and feet.

Weather

Spring:
Normal, Thick
Summer:
Shorty, Normal
Fall:
Normal, Thick
Winter:
Thick

Water temp. in summer is around 65┬░F and fall season (October and November) is around 50┬░F.

Wind

Best Months:
March, April, May, September, October, November
Wind Type:
Thermal
Best Direction:
NE, ENE, E
Main Direction:
No information

The beach is good for wind directions that are: N, NW, NE, ENE and SE winds. The Chicago winds are lake effect thermal winds which are more difficult to predict vs. trade winds. They are also gustier and change direction instantaneously. Kiters and windsurfers will normally be out when the winds are blowing 10-20 knots. Chicago winds are also more dense making them stronger then warm winds. Summer is generally offshore due to SW/W winds. Fall/spring is generally on/sideonshore and winds are 10-20 knots in average. About 2-3 riding days every 10 days.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
No information

Head towards downtown Chicago. Head east towards the lake. The Lake side highway is called Lake Shore drive (LSD). Head towards the north side of the city using LSD and exit Montrose Ave. Head east until you hit the beach. There will be a big flag pole which will give you and idea of the wind direction. Approx. just under 20 miles from both airports.

Extra information

Rules
License

New rules for kitesurfers (test phase): 1. Only PASA or IKO Level II (Intermediate) Certified Kiteboarders will be allowed to kite at Montrose Beach. This prohibits teaching kiteboarding or flying `traction` kites with students on Montrose Beach. 2. All Kiteboarders will follow generally accepted Kiteboarding Safety Practices and use attached Kite Safety Leashes. (No grab handles) 100 Foot Safety Zone from Occupied Beaches, Piers, and other Facilities while riding. 3. Kiteboarding allowed when bathing areas are closed. 4. Kiteboarding may be allowed by the Captain of the Guards at other times. This will apply if the Test Plan is approved.

Nightlife

No information