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Swimming | Independence Grove

Grab your swimsuit, towel and suntan lotion and dig your toes into 400 feet of sand beach along the south bay of Independence Grove's 115-acre lake. An adjacent beach house provides convenient access to washrooms, showers and lockers. A walk-up cafe located at the Visitors Center sells snacks and beverages. Chairs and umbrellas are also available for rent.

For those with limited mobility, a beach wheelchair that rolls over the sand and into the water with the assistance of a caregiver is available upon request and is free of charge.

For the safety of visitors and resident wildlife, inflatables are not permitted. Lifeguards are on duty during posted hours.

Closed for the Season

Season Schedule

Weekends only May 24–June 8 (including Memorial Day); daily June 9–Aug 15; weekends only Aug 16–through Labor Day.

Hours 10 am–6 pm. Beach is subject to unscheduled closings due to weather and conditions. Call our Beach Hotline at 847-968-3497 for updates.

Admission Fees

  • $4 per person for Lake County residents (Driver's license required for proof of residency)
  • $7 per person for nonresidents
  • Under age 2 free
  • Discounted twilight admission begins at 3 pm: $2 per person for Lake County residents, $4 per person for nonresidents.
  • Annual Pass: Purchase at the Visitors Center, $49 for one person, $75 for two, $105 for three, $129 for four, $150 for five. All users on one pass must reside in the same household. This offer is available to Lake County residents only. (Required at time of purchase: Lake County residency proof, plus ID or birth certificate for each name on the same pass to prove all users are from the same household.) More Details 
  • Save 20 percent with a 20-punch Beach Admission Card: $64 for Lake County residents, $112 for nonresidents. Purchase at the beach house or visitors center.


Open daily through Labor Day; weekends only in September.

Hours Mon–Thu, 10:30 am–4 pm; Fri, Sat, Sun, 10:30 am–6 pm. Open until 9 pm on concert evenings.

Snacks, light entrees, beverages and ice cream are available from a convenient walk-up window on the north side of the Visitors Center.

Gift Cards

Available at the Visitors Center. While they may not be used for permits or merchandise, they never expire and can be used for:

  • beach admission, umbrella and chair rentals
  • boat and bike rentals at the marina
  • parking fee for non Lake County residents


Rules and Regulations

All activities on District property are subject to the Lake County Forest Preserve Rules and Regulations.


Swimming | Independence Grove Locations

Independence Grove