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Rosewood Beach

883 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
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Public swimming at Rosewood Beach is closed.  Thank you for a great season.  See you in 2022! 

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Rosewood Beach is a National Award-Winning Beach

asbpa_brb_2016Rosewood features a nature cove for ecological and nature programs, guarded swimming beach, and a recreation beach. Nestled against Rosewood’s wooded bluffs is a one-of-a-kind beachfront Interpretive Center and amenity buildings including concessions, restrooms, and guard buildings connected by a boardwalk that runs the length of Rosewood Beach.   For an in-depth look at Rosewood’s amazing restoration in 2015, click here.

NEW! Rosewood Beach Swimming Pass & Lakefront Parking Decal

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.    

For all the details and to get your swim pass and lakefront parking decal, click here.

Public Swimming Hours 

Public swimming is closed for the 2021 season.

Swimming hours for beach are subject to change depending on weather, crowds, and wave conditions.  Certified lifeguards supervise the beach during the public swimming hours, regardless of weather conditions. A sign is posted that indicates when lifeguards are not on duty.

Inclement Weather Policy

Beach operating hours are subject to prevailing weather conditions, including electrical storms, wave conditions, and heavy rains. If lightning and/or thunder is seen/heard, the water and beach will be cleared and not re-open until 30 minutes pass without lightning and/or thunder. If inclement weather continues for a period longer than three hours, the beach will be closed for the remainder of the day.

Water Quality

RosewoodOpening-57Beaches are tested on a daily basis for bacteria levels by the Lake County Department of Health. The tests are reviewed, and the Department of Health recommends whether the beaches should be open or closed. For the health and safety of our patrons, the Park District of Highland Park follows the recommendations made by the Lake County Department of Health.  Call the Lake County Health Department at 847.377.8030 for more information.

For current water temperatures, click here. Want to know if the beach open? Sign up for our free Rainout Line service.

Rosewood Beach parking, lifeguards, or other questions? Contact Us:

Kari Acevedo, Aquatics Manager
Phone: 847.579.4051

Jenna Mastrolonardo, Aquatics Supervisor
Phone: 847.579.4050


Family, Adult and Youth Seasonal Programs

Join the fun at Rosewood Beach with Heller Nature Center staff as they lead a wide variety of programs for adults, children, and families!

To view and register, click here.

Pre-registration is required for all programs.
Please note a program may be cancelled as early as two days prior the program date, due to low enrollment.

Youth Programs
Winter Wonders
Cardboard Creations

Scout/Custom Programs

Have you always wanted to learn about nature and never knew where to begin?

A Heller Naturalist can create a program that is based around your interest and needs including leading your group on a nature walk, teaching a workshop, helping you earn a scout badge or visiting your group for an informational discussion. We also offer a variety of established programs:

Animal Adaptations – Geocaching – Geology – Guided Hike – Ravine Education – Stream Netting

For more information or to book a scout/custom program, please contact Meghan Meredith, 847.579.4183.

Jessica Reyes, Manager
Phone: 847.579.4182

Amy Banner, Naturalist
Phone: 847.579.4184

Meghan Meredith, Naturalist
Phone: 847.579.4183

Start your day with a beach fitness program at Rosewood Beach this summer.

Beach Yoga | May 22 – Sept 5

Start your day in the most breathtaking way! Join us for yoga at Rosewood Beach on the boardwalk outside the Interpretive Center. Participants must bring their own mats. Space is limited for COVID restrictions. Online pre-registration for each class is required. No in-person payment options available. No drop-ins allowed.


Triathlon Open Water Training | June 21 – Aug 9

A safe and fun way to work on your open water swimming skill set. Participants split into groups based on swimming ability. Endurance, sighting, deep water starts, and speed work will all be incorporated into this session. Each weekly training session ends with a short group run, so bring your running gear. Prerequisite: must be able to swim 400 yards continuously. Participants must provide their own wetsuit, goggles, brightly colored swim cap, and Safe Swimmer Float.


For more information on these programs, contact Jodi DiTomasso at 847.579.4049.

Lakefront parking is limited and parking permits and/or resident vehicle stickers are required.  See the chart and details below. 

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). Parking decals are available for purchase beginning Thursday, April 1 at the Recreation Center of Highland Park, 1207 Park Ave W. FEES: Resident $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, Central Park (Upper Lot), Millard, and Moraine. Valid dawn to dusk every day. Non-resident $285 Provides parking access every day, excluding holidays, through December 31, 2021 to the following beach lots: Upper Rosewood, Park Avenue North, Central Park (Upper Lot), Millard, and Moraine. Valid dawn to dusk every day, excluding holidays.


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 or City of Highland Park season decals or daily parking passes. No exceptions.


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

* Resident Parking Sticker (for those Park District tax paying residents not living within the city of Highland Park)

Park District of Highland Park tax paying residents not living within the city of Highland Park may pick up a lakefront resident parking sticker at the Recreation Center of Highland Park. A valid Driver’s License or State ID is required. Limit one lakefront resident parking sticker per Driver’s License/State IDThose Park District residents outside of Highland Park include 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.

Lakefront resident parking sticker available for pick up at the Recreation Center of Highland Park
Mon – Th 6am-7pm
Fri  6am-2pm

Lakefront Season Parking Decal

The Lakefront Season Parking Decal is for non-residents.  Parking is allowed during posted times, excluding holidays, through Dec 31, 2021. Valid at the Upper Lot at Rosewood Park, Moraine Beach, Millard Park, Central Park and Park Avenue (North Lot only).

Limit one lakefront resident parking sticker per Driver’s License/State ID.
Available for pick up at the Recreation Center of Highland Park:
Mon-Th 6am-7pm
Fri 6am-2pm



Reserve a beachfront picnic area for your group.
Please note, picnic rentals are not available on holidays.

Rental Includes

  • Picnic area
  • Two picnic tables for up to 20 people
  • 2 hour rental time

Rental Fees

  • $30 Resident Fee
  • $60 Non-Resident Fee
  • *Fees due at the time of booking

Registration Information

Registration requests must be made in-person at least 10 days prior to the picnic date to secure a permit. Open reservations start Monday, April 1. Park restrictions/limits, Park District programs events and type of use are taken into consideration for permit approvals.

All regular parking restrictions will remain in effect, click here for parking info.

Reservations can be made at Hidden Creek Aqua Park, 847.433.3170.  Please note, rentals are not available on holidays.

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To book a rental or for more information contact, Debbie Pierce at 847.579.4047 or

Interpretive Center Rentals

Hold your next event along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan! The Rosewood Interpretive Center is the perfect spot for group meetings, family gatherings, or birthday parties and can accommodate up to 50 people.

Rental of the Interpretive Center includes:

  • Use of the surrounding deck & Nature Beach Cove (no swimming allowed)
  • Tables, chairs, refrigerator, WiFi,
  • An attendant present during the allotted rental time

Room Rental Fee

Summer 2022 (Memorial Day Weekend Through September 30th)
Two hour minimum Mon-Fri from 6-10pm, Sat-Sun from 7-10pm
Residents: $440/ 2 hours, $220/ each additional hour
Nonresident: $570/ 2 hours, $285/ each additional hour

Fall, Winter & Spring (Through Memorial Day Weekend) 2022
Two hour minimum, daily until 10pm
Residents: $325/2 hours, $162.50/each additional hour
Nonresidents: $455/ 2 hours, $227.50/ each additional hour

F3Rental and Party Information

•Applications are processed on a first-come first serve basis. A resident may not be the applicant and/or payee for a nonresident.
•A special permit and proof of insurance is needed to serve alcohol. Alcohol must be kept in the designated area at all times.
•Park District sponsored activities have priority over other facility use.
•The time written on the application form is the approved rental time. Staff will set up tables and chairs. Renters may arrive 30 minutes prior to the rental time to deliver food, decorate, etc. A set up time longer than 30 minutes must be included on the Facility Rental/Use Contract and will be charged at the regular hourly rate.
•Swimming is only allowed in designed areas at designated dates and times.
•No glass containers are allowed outside of the Interpretive Center building and live animals are prohibited. Grills may not be brought in.
•All decorations, equipment and food may not be brought into the facility earlier than the approved rental time. The Park District cannot hold/store any items for future pickup. All decorations and equipment must be freestanding without attachment to walls, ceilings or floors.
•An additional 30 minutes after the rental time is reserved for cleanup. Groups staying beyond the 30 minutes will be charged for the full hour. Cleanup is the responsibility of the renter. Renter assumes responsibility for all actions of the group and usage of room and equipment.
•Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the grounds of Rosewood Beach, including all parking lots.
•Payment in full is required at the time of booking, along with the $250 refundable cleaning/security deposit.

Refund Policy

Rentals are 90% refundable if cancelled 10 or more working days prior to the rental date.



Beach Regulations

This season, certain beach guidelines may be in effect based on DCEO regulations and for the health and safety of our community.  More information will be provided as we get closer to opening day.

To ensure Rosewood Beach is enjoyable for all, visitors are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior at all times. It is required that all patrons adhere to our Behavior Management Policy. Your compliance is required and appreciated.

  • Climbing on rocks is prohibited
  • Flotation devices are prohibited in the water
  • Glass containers are prohibited
  • Swim only during public swimming hours and in designated areas
  • Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Diving from the shoreline or rocks is prohibited
  • Please dispose of all litter in the receptacles provided
  • For Public Safety Dogs are not allowed at Rosewood Beach – The new Rosewood Beach amenities are expected to increase the public’s use of the beach areas, and the presence of dogs and other pets creates a safety and sanitation concern. Therefore, for the safety and well-being of our beach visitors, dogs and other pets are not allowed at lower Rosewood beach including the boardwalk, bridges, and beach (per Park District Ordinance No. 15-04, section 2.03-e).

Swimming Safety Tips

  • Look For Lifeguards: Only swim when a lifeguard is present.  Always swim within view of a lifeguard, and go to the guard if you need help. 
  • Know How To Swim: Year-long lessons keep everyone strong and safe in the water.
  • Discuss Water Safety Rules In Advance: Discuss beach/water safety before you head to the beach.
  • Assess Everyone’s Swimming Ability: Adults – Always personally assess the swimming abilities of all children in your care. Don’t rely on what others tell you.
  • Coast Guard Approved Life Jacket: If you or a child needs a life jacket, wear a life jacket.
  • Stay Within An Arm’s Reach: Adults – stay within arms-reach of all children in your care even if they are wearing a life jacket.
  • Swim With A Buddy: There is safety in numbers.
  • Enter Water Feet First: Serious injuries can occur by diving into unknown water.
  • Flip, Float, and Follow: If you get caught in a strong current or other drowning situation, you should flip, float and follow. First, flip onto your back and float, keeping your head above water. Floating can help calm you down and helps to conserve your energy. Finally, follow the current until you no longer feel the pull, and it is safe to try and swim back to shore. Never try to fight a current. Also, if you are close to the shore, call out for help.
  • Play It Safe In The Water: No piggyback / shoulder rides, no breath-holding games and no sinking toys.
  • Know The Weather: You don’t want to come during inclement weather.
  • Protect Yourself From The Sun: You can get sunburned on an overcast day, always wear sunscreen and reapply often.
  • Hydrate And Refuel Often: The sun can drain your energy, drink and eat often throughout your day.

For more information on Lake Michigan and how to stay safe swimming in the lake, click here.