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DSA Day at the Beach
A fun-filled day of hanging out on the beach with comrades, grilling, drinking beer, maybe throwing some frisbee, cornhole if we can get a set. It’ll probably be a bit cold for swimming but Indiana Dune State Park is a short drive down the road and a hiking excursion could also be planned. And then, for those that wish, spending the night at nearby Dunewood Campground with a campfire and s’mores and more camaraderie.
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Transportation: The drive from Chicago to the beach and campground is only an hour according to Google maps (although I’ve heard that there’s construction, so it might actually be longer). For those that don’t have cars, we can organize car pools but also, Lake View Beach is located only a mile from the Beverly Shores stop on the South Shore line (Leaving from Millennium station this costs $9.50 one way). Dunewood campground is only a quarter mile from the train stop. One potential issue is that Lake View beach only has 40 parking spots which might fill up quick on a Saturday and Beverly Shores is very strict about ticketing cars that don’t have permits.
Lake View Beach: The beach is the easiest part. Access is free. Alcohol (when used responsibly) is permitted, although glass containers are not. There are wheel-chair accessible covered picnic shelters with grills that are first come, first serve. The beach opens at 6 am and, ideally, someone will volunteer to either camp nearby the night before or drive up first thing in the morning, so that we can be sure to snag one. The beach doesn’t close down until 11pm so we’d be able to use it all day.
Dinner: Potluck! Bring something to throw on the grill, or a side dish to share. Don’t forget utensils and plates. I’ll put together a sign-up sheet a bit closer to the date so that we can coordinate this a bit better and we don’t have 30 people showing up with chips and guac.
Leave No Trace: This day is gonna be fun but we also need to be respectful of our surroundings. This means:
All trash/extra food is collected and packed out. We recycle what can be recycled.
If possible, bring reusable dishes and cookware. The less waste we make the better
Leave the beach and campground better than we find it. If you see trash that isn’t yours — pick it up anyway!
Those of you who want to camp – please look over the 7 Leave No Trace Principles and have them in mind while camping. We’ll be at a campsite with toilets, water, and fire pits but this stuff is still important.https://lnt.org/learn/
Dunewood Campground: For those that wish to camp that night, Dunewood Campground is about a mile and a half away from the beach. If you’re taking the train in, it’d make the most sense to grab a site and get everything set up before heading to the beach. Sites are first come, first serve, although in September, I don’t think people will have trouble getting a site. They cost 18$ a night and can hold up to 8 people and 2 cars each. Every site has a firepit to use. Firewood must be bought locally.
Technically, alcohol is prohibited but I’ve stayed here before and there wasn’t much enforcement to this rule, especially in the walk-in sites. Quiet hours start at 10pm and as long as we’re quiet and discreet, I think we’ll be fine. My guess is that after a long day at the beach, things won’t get that crazy (famous last words).
You will need to provide your own camping gear. I’m sure there are places you can rent gear in Chicago (REI would be a good place to look), but I’ll also put together another sign-up sheet where people with extra gear can match up with people in need. Things you’ll want to bring:
A tent with a rain fly
Flashlight or headlamp
Rain gear, just in case
Extra food for breakfast (cookware if you want a hot breakfast)