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Beach House
The blue and white building adjacent to Montrose Beach.
The large, fenced parking lot just north of the harbor. Used to store boats in the winter.
Butterfly Garden
The field northwest of the Magic Hedge planted in native wildflowers to attract butterflies.
Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club
The building at the north end of the harbor.
Cricket Hill
The grassy hill east of Lake Shore Drive and northwest of Montrose Harbor.
The practice of looking for casual sex by gay men.
Dog Area
The fenced-in area at the far west end of Montrose Beach where dogs can run unleashed.
Fishing Pier
The fishhook-shaped pier that extends north into Lake Michigan from the east end of Montrose Beach.
A pool of water that forms on Montrose Beach after a heavy rain or strong northeast winds push water onto the beach. When a fluddle is very large and covers most of the beach we refer to it as Lake Montrose.
Golf Course Pond
The small pond just west of Montrose Harbor at the north end of the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course.
Magic Hedge
The line of shrubs and trees that runs southwest to northeast from the northeast corner of Montrose Harbor. So called because of its "magical" power to draw in passerines and other landbirds.
Montrose Beach
The broad sandy beach that extends from the Fishing Pier to West Lawrence Avenue. Divided into 3 parts, the public beach, the protected beach, and the dog area. The public beach is west of and outside the Dunes and the protected beach is inside the fence. The dog area is at the far west end of the beach.
Montrose Dunes
The complex habitat of beach vegetation at the east end of Montrose Beach.
Montrose Harbor
The large boat harbor on the south side of Montrose Point. The mouth of the harbor forms the southern boundary of Montrose Point in the Birding Montrose Point guide.
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
The part of Montrose Point that includes the Magic Hedge, Meadow, and peripheral plantings.
Montrose Regular
A regular and frequent birding visitor to Montrose.
Native Planting Area
The area of native flowers on the south and east sides of Montrose Point.
The shallow water wetlands in the Dunes. Currently there are two – an east panne and a west panne.
Park Bait Shop
The fishing and tackle store at the corner of W. Montrose Avenue and W. Montrose Harbor Drive.
Peripheral Plantngs
The trees and shrubs between the Magic Hedge and Meadow and the Native Planting Area and Dunes.
Protected Areas
Any area that's fenced or cordoned off with rope. Entry into these areas is prohibited. An area may be fenced or cordoned off to protect plantings or to discourage cruising.
Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course
The large golf course bounded by North Lake Shore Drive on the west, Lake Michigan on the east, West Montrose Avenue on the north, and Waveland Avenue on the south.
The Meadow
The open grassy area east of the Magic Hedge.
Water Feature
The small ground fountain about 50 yards east southeast of the Magic Hedge. The water feature runs in spring, summer, and fall.
Wilson Avenue Boat Launch
The small enclosure at the north end of Montrose Beach, formerly used as a boat launch.
Wilson Avenue Crib
The large structure on Lake Michigan due east of Montrose Point. The Wilson Avenue Crib was part of the water distribution system for Chicago. It is no longer operational but hosts nesting Double-crested Cormorants and in the past Peregrine Falcons.

Aerial Photo of Montrose Point*

Aerial Photo of Montrose Point. Courtesy of the United States Geologic Survey.
  • 1) Montrose Harbor
  • 2) Golf Course Pond
  • 3) Cricket Hill
  • 4) Montrose Beach
  • 5) Fishing Pier
  • 6) Montrose Dunes
  • 7) The Meadow
  • 8) Magic Hedge
  • 9) Native Planting Area

Note: The yellow circle in the above map delineates the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary.

*Courtesy of the United States Geologic Survey

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Montrose Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions and answers about visiting Montrose Point