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Rain falls in Grant Park on Monday (Source: Earth Cam)

Storm Runoff Prompts Swim Ban At All Chicago Beaches

The effects of Monday’s heavy rains were being felt Tuesday at the city’s beaches, where officials have banned swimming, due to high bacteria levels caused by runoff.

06/16/2015

Drone Winter

Chicago’s Frozen Tundra Captured By Stunning Drone Video

As the camera moves slowly over the landscape, the images seem to be from another world.

05/29/2015

A yoga class gets in some stretching at North Avenue Beach on Friday, the start of the official swimming season at Chicago's beaches. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago’s Beaches Open For Unofficial Start To Summer

Chicago’s beaches were bound to be packed for the Memorial Day Weekend, thanks to sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s for the start of the holiday weekend.

05/22/2015

Chicago Park District lifeguards will be wearing new Tommy Bahama gear in 2015, as part of a marketing partnership. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Chicago Park District Ready For Start Of Beach Season This Weekend

Friday marks the official start of the beach season in Chicago. All Chicago Park District beaches will be staffed with lifeguards from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., every day through Labor Day.

05/21/2015

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

After Today, It Is Illegal To Swim In Lake Michigan

After today, it will be illegal to swim in Lake Michigan until next May.

09/02/2014

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

Beach Visitors Warned About Choppy Conditions On Lake

Lakefront visitors are being advised to check the flags at Chicago beaches before going into the water on Friday, because of possible danger of rip currents from choppy conditions.

08/23/2013

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

North Avenue Beach (File Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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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Guide To Montrose Beach

A popular beach and also the largest public one in Chicago, Montrose Beach is located near the Uptown neighborhood. It has fun activities for everyone in the family including the dog.

08/21/2012