Evanston residents can take advantage of the long weekend to get some sun and sand, since city beaches open Saturday, May 26.
The city has five public swimming beaches, which will be open seven days a week through Monday, September 3. To gain admission, beachgoers must present a daily pass or season token, available at the Morton Civic Center and all community centers.
To purchase a token for “preseason,” good through June 8, Evanston or Skokie residents pay $24, while nonresidents pay $40, according to a press release from the city. During the regular season, Evanston and Skokie residents can buy tokens for $32, while the nonresident price is $56.
Daily passes are for sale at beach entrances, $6 for children ages 1 to 11 and $8 for people 12 years and older. Infants under the age of 1 are free.
For families who qualify based on size and income, the city offers a beach token fee assistance and free token program, according to the release. Residents can find out more about that program by visiting www.cityofevanston.org or calling 3-1-1.
All Evanston residents can take advantage of free beach days at Clark Street Beach, 1811 Sheridan Rd., on Mondays from July 9 through August 27.
Beaches are open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. during preseason, and from 10:30 am. To 7:30 p.m. from June 9 onward. To keep track of beach closures, call 847-859-7822, visit www.cityofevanston.org/beachstatus or follow the city’s beach Twitter feed, @COEBeach. Beachgoers can also sign up for text or e-mail updates on the city’s beach status website.