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Waves crash into the Chicago lakefront at Fullerton Avenue. (Credit: CBS)

Choppy Conditions On Lake Prompt Beach Hazard Alert

Anyone considering a visit to the beach on Wednesday might want to avoid going for a swim; and not just because the lake is so cold and the weather is unusually brisk for July. Choppy conditions could make swimming dangerous.

07/23/2014

July 14th, 2011:  Many indulge a sunny Thursday afternoon at North Avenue Beach in Chicago, Illinois.  (credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

Which Beaches Have The Best And Worst Water Quality In The Chicago Area?

Two beaches in Rogers Park rank as the best in the Chicago area when it comes to water quality, while two beaches in East Chicago, Indiana, were among the worst in the nation, according to a recent study by the National Resources Defense Council.

07/15/2014

A Chicago Park District lifeguard keeps an eye on swimmers at North Avenue Beach. (Credit: CBS)

Most Lake Michigan Beaches Reopen To Swimmers

A day after swimming was banned at most beaches on Lake Michigan in Chicago, due to high bacteria levels, the Chicago Park District has lifted swimming restrictions at all but two.

07/02/2014

Severe storms roll into the Chicago area on Monday. (Credit:  Heidi Anderson)

Swimming Banned At Beaches After Stormwater, Sewage Dumped In Lake

The heavy rainfall from Monday night’s storms prompted officials to open the Chicago and Wilmette locks to prevent raw sewage from overflowing out of the sewer system, and instead dump a mix of storm runoff and sewage into Lake Michigan.

07/01/2014

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Best All-Inclusive Tropical Family Vacations

All-inclusive vacations offer families a chance to experience a tropical vacation without having to worry about paying for all of the extra costs associated with traditional vacations.

06/25/2014

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Visit A Vodka Distillery… In Paradise

If year-round sunshine, epic waves, and surfer chicks aren’t enough to lure you to Maui, the island’s solar-powered, organic vodka distillery might do it. Check out Ocean Vodka, an 8-year-old company that recently opened a visitor-friendly complex. Aloha!

01/17/2014

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The Jamaica Destination Guide

Jamaica is a quintessential Caribbean travel destination. Here’s a guide to both the basics and the intoxicatingly refreshing things to do.

10/31/2013

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How To Do Hawaii Like A Man

Kauai is the place to visit if you like your slice of paradise served with a healthy dose of well-earned cuts and bruises, and a sore muscle or two. It’s an amazing, exotic place that’s definitely worth the visit, but if you’re going to attempt it — you should do it right. And here is how.

10/30/2013

High waves pound the lakefront at Fullerton Avenue, just north of North Avenue beach. (Credit: CBS)

Rip Currents, High Waves Prompt Swim Ban On Lakefront

Swimming was banned at all Chicago beaches Tuesday afternoon, due to high waves and potentially dangerous rip currents.

08/13/2013

Waves pound the Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago. (Credit: Susanna Song/CBS)

Rip Currents Prompt Warnings For Lakefront Visitors

The National Weather Service is warning people to stay out of Lake Michigan today, because of large waves and dangerous rip currents along the lakefront in Illinois and Indiana.

08/08/2013

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2 Investigators: How Safe Is The Sand At Chicago Beaches?

Every summer we hear about bacteria like E. coli in the lake water which leads to swimming bans at some beaches, but what about the sand. The CBS 2 Investigators checked out what effect does the bacteria have on the beach.

07/24/2013

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City Launches Free Wi-Fi At 5 Beaches

Posting pictures to social media of your day at the beach or answering a work email while soaking up the sun is easier now at a handful of spots along the lake, with five Chicago beaches now offering free wi-fi.

07/19/2013

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Best Public Beaches In San Diego

With a plethora of extraordinary free public beaches that will make your getaway go absolutely swimmingly, San Diego offers a beautiful array. Here are five of the best public beaches for visitors to enjoy in San Diego.

05/30/2013

Volunteers with the Shedd Aquarium clean up trash and debris from the nearby 12th Street Beach on April 18, 2012, after the aquarium adopted the beach for Earth Day. The aquarium will sweep the beach once a month through October to clean up trash and debris left in the sand. (Credit: CBS)

Low Lake Levels Reveal More Debris On Great Lakes Beaches

Less water reveals garbage that had been hidden in Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes, according to the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

04/12/2013

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San Francisco Bay Area’s Best Beaches

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to over 30 stunning beaches, both right on the Pacific Ocean, as well as inland. Explore dozens of beautiful Bay Area beaches, from great views to awesome hikes, and even to the perfect road trip pit stop.

04/02/2013

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Best Dog Parks In Chicago

No worries if you find that your apartment barely has enough breathing for you and Fido. Chicago and its surrounding suburbs have plenty of “dog friendly areas” where you two can go outdoors and take in the fresh air and get some exercise.

09/11/2012

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Guide To North Avenue Beach

There is a reason why Chicago is labeled as the Third Coast. With Lake Michigan at our fingertips, Chicago boasts lots of beaches up and down her shores. One of the more popular and active beaches is North Avenue. Spend a weekend there and take in what it has to offer.

08/06/2012

Check Chicago’s ‘Swim Report’ Before Hitting The Beach

An increase in bacteria levels in Lake Michigan has resulted in some warnings for swimmers.

07/25/2012

North Avenue Beach (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

All Evanston Beaches Closed Due To High Bacteria Levels

The City of Evanston has closed all of its lakefront beaches for the day, after water tests showed dangerous levels of E. coli bacteria.

CBS Chicago–07/25/2012

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Summer Guide To Castaways Bar & Grill

Chicago in the summer is all about being outdoors, near the lake and taking advantage of the fleeting warm weather. Castaways Bar and Grill is an iconic summer staple. The huge ship that sits at North Avenue beach is like a beacon to beach goers everywhere. Aside from its prime location for soaking up sun and refueling after a long day at the beach, here are a few things to know.

06/07/2012

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