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About Our Beaches

Nearly ten percent of the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline is within Highland Park. The Park District maintains four public beaches that offer public access to this magnificent natural resource. Upper parks along the bluffs connect pedestrians to each beach. 
Millard Beach A non-swimming beach for passive recreation.
Moraine Beach  Dog beach and a non-swimming beach for passive recreation. Please Note: Dog Beach is closed indefinitely. For more information, click here
Park Avenue Boating Facility   North Shore Yacht Club, concrete and sand launching ramps, and a non-swimming beach.
Rosewood Beach –  Swimming beach,  beachfront Interpretive Center, nature programming, beach yoga & volleyball.

Hours:  Beaches and parks are open from dawn until dusk.

 

NEW This Year!!!!   Rosewood Beach Pass and Lakefront Parking Decals 

This summer beach season, a new Rosewood Beach Swimming Pass is required for each individual to access the swimming and recreation beach coves during the swimming hours (10am-6pm daily) and  a new lakefront parking decal is required for all vehicles at all lakefront parking lots. Residents are required to purchase a decal (in lieu of the discontinued City vehicle sticker).  Learn more and get your passes and decals. 

 

What’s Happening to the Beaches?

In the past few years, the Lake Michigan water level has risen from historic lows to higher than average levels.  As a result, communities all along the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline, including Highland Park, are experiencing beach erosion.  The rise and fall of the lake level is a normal process for the Great Lakes.  For more information on Lake Michigan’s shoreline and the Park District of Highland Park’s Sand Nourishment Project at Rosewood Beach, click here.

NEW This Year!!!!   Rosewood Beach Pass and Lakefront Parking Decals 

This summer beach season, a new Rosewood Beach Swimming Pass is required for each individual to access the swimming and recreation beach coves during the swimming hours (10am-6pm daily) and a new lakefront parking decal is required for all vehicles at all lakefront parking lots. Residents are required to purchase a decal (in lieu of the discontinued City vehicle sticker).  


Rosewood Beach Swimming Season Pass 

This summer beach season, a new Rosewood Beach Swimming Season Pass is required for each individual to access the swimming and recreation beach coves during the swimming hours (10am-6pm daily).

Fees
Resident Season Pass – FREE (with proof of residency, see below for details)
Non-resident Season Pass –  $100 (head of household) $25 (each additional household member)  
Non-resident Daily Pass – $10 per person 

Resident Rosewood Beach Swimming Season Pass Proof of Residency Requirements

To protect the interests of Highland Park residents, the following proof of residency is required for the Rosewood Swimming Beach Season Pass. Residents must provide ONE of the following forms for proof of residency:

Adults (Ages 16 & Up) – 
1. Current driver’s license with a Highland Park address.
2. State of Illinois identification card with a Highland Park address.
3. Real estate tax bill (prior year) with the owner’s name and a Highland Park address. Applicant must also present a corresponding photo ID.
4. Current automobile registration with name and Highland Park address. Applicant must also present a corresponding photo ID.
5. Copy of a real estate contract with a Highland Park address stating a closing date. Applicant must also present a corresponding photo ID.
6. A current utility bill with resident’s name. Applicant must also present a corresponding photo ID.
7. Current rental lease with name and Highland Park address. Applicant must also present corresponding photo ID.

Children (Ages 4-15) –
Parent/guardian may need to provide a birth certificate or other proper document(s) to show proof of parental relationship or guardianship between the child(ren) and the adult(s) applying for the swimming beach pass.

Purchase Your Rosewood Beach Season Pass Online

For your convenience, proof of residency can be submitted online during your online purchase.  Just upload a digital image or scanned copy during your purchase.  Please note:  you must be logged into your account to submit documents.  

 

 

Beginning April 1, passes will be available at the Recreation Center of Highland Park, 1207 Park Ave W.:

Mon – Th 6am-7pm
Fri            6am-2pm

For Frequently Asked Questions, click here


Lakefront Parking Decal

This year, a new lakefront parking decal is required for all vehicles at all lakefront parking lots. Residents are required to purchase a decal (in lieu of the discontinued City vehicle sticker).

Lakefront Season Parking Decal Fees

Resident Season Parking Decal: $30 (with proof of residency, see below for details)
Provides parking access every day including holidays through December 31, 2021 at the following beach lots: Lower Rosewood, Upper Rosewood, Park Avenue –  North Lot, Central Park – Upper Lot, Millard, and Moraine. Valid dawn to dusk every day.

Non-resident Season Parking Decal: $285   
Provides parking access every day, excluding holidays, through December 31, 2021 to the following beach lots: Upper Rosewood, Park Avenue –  North Lot, Central Park –  Upper Lot, Millard, and Moraine. Valid dawn to dusk every day, excluding holidays.

Non-resident Daily Parking Fee (Upper Rosewood Lot only): $40/4 hours or $15/hour
Pay at upper lot auto-attendant. Not valid on holidays (July 4, Memorial Day, and Labor Day). No Non-resident daily parking allowed at Moraine, Central, Millard, Park Avenue North Lot, Rosewood Lower Lot.

For Park Ave Boating Facility Season Parking Decal, click here

*Resident Lakefront Parking Decal Proof of Residency Requirements 

To protect the interests of Highland Park residents, one of the following proof of residency is required to purchase a Resident Lakefront Parking Decal:

1. Current driver’s license with a Highland Park address.
2. State of Illinois identification card with a Highland Park address.
3. Real estate tax bill (prior year) with the owner’s name and a Highland Park address. Applicant must also present a corresponding photo ID.
4. Current automobile registration with name and Highland Park address. Applicant must also present a corresponding photo ID.
5. Copy of a real estate contract with a Highland Park address stating a closing date. Applicant must also present a corresponding photo ID.
6. A current utility bill with resident’s name. Applicant must also present a corresponding photo ID.
7. Current rental lease with name and Highland Park address. Applicant must also present a corresponding photo ID.

If you are purchasing more than one parking decal per adult residing in the household, in addition to proof of residency, you must also provide proof of vehicle ownership (vehicle registration or lease documents, names/addresses must match above proof of residency documentation) for each vehicles you are requesting a decal.

*The same proof of residency applies to Park District tax paying residents not living within the city of Highland Park including residents of Fort Sheridan (60037); portions of the Town of Fort Sheridan that lie within Park District boundaries (60035); and Park District of Highland Park taxpayers who reside on the following Kings Cove (Deerfield) streets: Carriage Way, Bent Creek Ridge, Fox Hunt Trail, Millstone Road, Shag Bark Lane, Smoke Tree Road and Tanglewood Court.

Purchase Your Lakefront Parking Decal Online   

For your convenience, proof of residency and vehicle ownership documents can be submitted online during your online decal purchase.   Just upload a digital image or scanned copy during your purchase.  Please note:  you must be logged into your account to submit documents.  

 

 

Beginning April 1, decals can be purchased at the Recreation Center of Highland Park, 1207 Park Ave W.:

Mon – Th 6am-7pm
Fri            6am-2pm

For Frequently Asked Questions, click here.


Lakefront Parking Chart

 Lakefront Parks/Beaches
(Moraine, Central, Millard,
Park Ave - North Lot,
Rosewood - Upper Lot)
Rosewood - Lower Lot Park Avenue Boating Facility
(South Lot)
Residents
Resident Lakefront Parking DecalResident Lakefront Parking Decal
*Park Ave Season Decal
Non-residents
Non-resident Lakefront Parking Decal
or
Daily Parking Fee

Note: Daily Fee and Non-resident Decal
are not valid on holidays (Memorial Day,
July 4th, Labor Day)
No Non-resident Parking Allowed*Park Ave Season Parking Decal

*Park Avenue Boating Facility Season Parking Decal –  For purchase details, click here


General Parking Information 

Parking is allowed during posted times. Gates will close promptly at the time indicated. The Park District will not be responsible for vehicles in lots after posted gate closure time. Vehicles will be available for retrieval the following day. The Park District of Highland Park enforced parking fine is $75 per occurrence for not having proper Park District of Highland Park season decals or daily parking passes. No exceptions.