Glencoe Beach


The Glencoe Park District has opened the beach to swimming, subject to suitable water quality.
Please note the following updated rules at the Glencoe Beach:

  • Swimmers must stay within the designated swim area.
  • The Sprayground and playground at the beach remain closed.
  • If a lifejacket or PFD is worn while swimming, it must be U.S. Coast Guard approved.
  • No inflatables of any kind are allowed, including rafts, toys, and water wings.
  • Pass holders are asked to bring their own drinking water to the beach. When drinking fountains become available, please bring reusable water bottles.
  • No rock throwing is allowed.
  • All visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible person aged 16 years or older.
  • Beach management reserves the right to close the water due to high bacteria, unsafe conditions, or heavy surf.
  • Daily launching of paddleboards, kayaks, and sailboats is not allowed. Season storage is required; however, all sailboat, kayak, and paddleboards storage spots are currently full and there is a waitlist.
  • Park District staff should be treated with courtesy and respect.

As a reminder, there are no lifeguards will be on duty, patrons will swim at their own risk. Park ambassadors will be onsite to monitor beach activities. Patrons are required to practice social distancing and safety measures.

new covid-19 safety stipulations/Beach season passes sold out - wait list available

Glencoe beach is open, but with modifications to protect our guests and staff  during the COVID-19 crisis. In order to help manage potential overcrowning this summer, access to the beach will require a season pass. No daily passes will be available for sale. Season passes for Glencoe Beach have sold out. Season pass sales were implemented as part of our summer safety protocols to manage overcrowding at the beach and support social distancing requirements. Additionally, we hope to prevent our season pass holders from waiting in long lines for admission to the beach. We have created a wait list and may authorize the sale of additional passes in the future as state-wide regulations ease. 

The beach is open to season pass holders from 9 AM to 9 PM and open to walkers only from 6 AM to 9 AM. The beach will be closed after 9 PM.

Park District staff will closely monitor visitors to reduce capacity and allow an approximate 10 ft. perimeter around individual patrons or family groups. On the busiest days, the beach may reach capacity. Beach attendees will be expected to practice social distancing and safety measures at all times. 

This summer, the beach house will open only for bathroom use. There will be no shower access nor concessions sold. Rentals will not be available at all this summer, including paddle boards, beach chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, and barbeques. Paddle boards and kayaks may become available if restrictions are lifted and they can be safely rented out.

Per the Governor’s executive order, at this time, there is no swimming and no playground/spray pad access. This restriction may change in coming weeks.

Because of the seriousness of the current COVID-19 social distancing requirements and due to an abundance of concern for the health and well-being of our community and staff, no lifeguards will be on duty. If swimming is permitted this season, patrons will swim at their own risk. Park ambassadors will be onsite to monitor beach activities.


Visit Glencoe Boating Beach for more information.

Access to Glencoe Beach Will Require a Season Passes

Access to the beach will require a season pass. Season passes have sold out, please click here to be added to our wait list. No daily passes will be available for sale and guests will not be able to buy a season pass at the beach.

If this is your first year purchasing a beach pass, you will receive your pass, a plastic card/key fob, in the mail. Previous season pass holders should use their passes from last year - your information has been updated. Only one pass is provided per household.

Given the significant expenses associated with operating the beach during the COVID-19 pandemic and that the Northbrook Park District will not open their pools this summer, the Glencoe Park District has made the difficult decision to not extend resident rates to the Northbrook residents for Glencoe Beach. 

Lakefront Advisory Group 

Glencoe Beach and Lakefront Advisory Group Mission & Vision Statement as accepted by the Board of Park Commissioners on 12/18/12: The Glencoe Beach and Lakefront Advisory Group presented its Mission and Vision Statement (PDF) for the Glencoe Beach and Lakefront Park to the Board of Park Commissioners on December 18, 2012.