Chicago Gay Beach – Hollywood / Osterman

(all photos in this article by BRENDEN-JOHN)

Summer got off to a slow start here in Chicago, but finally,
I think the warm weather is here to stay and the beaches are busy!


The gay beach is Hollywood Beach. (AKA Kathy Osterman Beach) The gays and gay friendly people hang out at the southern end of the beach. ( or what some say is the east side – to the right). If you are driving out Lake Shore Drive, exit at Bryn Mar and start looking for parking, and the beach is a short walk.

Sundays are always busy, with anywhere from 200-250 people out there. And you may even find people photographer BRENDEN-JOHN out there shooting photos of hot men! He shoots a lot of photos at events and clubs around gay Chicago and many of photos can be seen on his MySpace page.


Chicago also has the most swimable and most guarded waterfront of any single municipality in the world. While many patrons complain about the cleanliness of the water, Chicago boasts the cleanest urban waterfront in the United States, and second in the world only to Stockholm; water is tested daily by the Chicago Park District for E. coli and other dangers. –  The beaches  are staffed through Labor Day – but weather permitting, you will find the  boys out here through early fall, if it’s warm enough!


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