High Waves

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Winds Expected To Whip Up Dangerous Waves On Lake Michigan

Chicago might finally be getting ideal beach weather, but forecasters were warning people to stay out of Lake Michigan from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning, due to high waves expected along the lakefront.


High waves damaged the Lakefront Trail near Division Avenue. on Oct. 31, 2014. (Source: Reddit)

High Waves Wreak Havoc On Lakefront Trail

Huge waves on Lake Michigan that flooded sections of Lake Shore Drive yesterday afternoon appear to have wreaked havoc on the Lakefront Trail.


High waves crashing onto Lake Shore Drive on Friday flooded the northbound lanes, prompting police to close the drive from Division Street to just south of North Avenue. (Photo courtesy Emily Miller)

High Waves Swamp Parts Of Lake Shore Drive, Navy Pier

Strong winds have been creating huge waves on Lake Michigan on Friday, with the National Weather Service predicting waves as high as 23 feet.


A surfer gets ready to go into Lake Michigan on Halloween, when strong winds whipped up very high waves on the southern shores of the lake. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Chicago Area Surfers Happy To Hang Ten For Halloween

Lake Michigan was putting on a dramatic show Friday, and forecasters said waves could peak at more than 20 feet. That’s drawing surfers eager to catch a few waves, no matter how cold it might be.


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Today’s Forecast (10/31/14): Wind, Rain, Snow For Halloween

The first – and perhaps worst – trick for Chicagoans this Halloween just might be the wicked weather.


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

Rough Conditions On Lake Michigan Prompt Warnings For Swimmers

Swimmers were being advised of dangerous conditions on Lake Michigan on Tuesday, due to high waves and strong currents.


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

Meteorologists Warn Of High Waves On Lake Michigan

High waves on Lake Michigan have prompted a warning for boaters and swimmers, due to potentially deadly currents on the water.


High waves pound the shore at Oak Street beach on Sept. 16, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Windy Conditions Could Bring 10-Foot Waves To Lake

Windy conditions at the lakefront will make for very choppy conditions on the lake, with dangerous pounding waves prompting a warning for anyone who might want to go swimming, despite the chilly conditions.


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

Weather Service Warns Of Dangerous Waves On Lake Michigan

The National Weather Service warned lakefront visitors Thursday that swimming conditions are going to be dangerous in Lake Michigan, due to high waves and rip currents.


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.


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.


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.


Waves crash the break wall along Lake Shore Drive near  Fullerton. (CBS)

Sandy Whips Up Waves, Winds On Lake Michigan

Huge waves and high winds are pounding the lakefront along Chicago and Northwest Indiana on Tuesday– all from the massive superstorm that has devastated much of the East Coast.

CBS Chicago–10/30/2012

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

High Waves, Rip Currents Lead To Another Day Of Beach Bans, Warnings

Safety concerns from high waves and rip currents have caused Evanston to close its beaches for a second day in a row.


Cleanup of submerged boats continued Friday on Chicago's lakefront.

7 Sunken Boats Removed From Harbor, At Least 3 Still Underwater

Seven down, at least three more to go – crews were still pulling sunken, battered boats from the bottom of Monroe Harbor on Tuesday, after last week’s high winds and waves smashed them into a concrete lakefront wall.

CBS Chicago–10/25/2011

The prow of a sunken boat bobs in the water amid debris in Monroe Harbor, a day after nine boats sank and 11 others were damaged when waves slammed them into a concrete harbor wall on Oct. 19, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

High Waves Sink Boats, Fallen Trees Crush Cars

Longtime boaters in Chicago said they’ve never seen anything like it. Strong winds and high waves sank nine boats and damaged 11 more after they were tossed from their moorings in Monroe Harbor overnight.

CBS Chicago–10/20/2011

Boats that came loose during high winds on Thursday float along the breakwall near the Shedd Aquarium. (CBS)

Boats Knocked Off Moorings Near Museum Campus

Several boats moored in Lake Michigan near the Museum Campus were knocked loose Wednesday night amid strong winds and high waves.

CBS 2–10/19/2011

Waves On Lakefront

Runners Beware: Winds Could Create Waves Up To 22 Feet Near Lakefront

Runners beware. The National Weather Service is warning of the possibility of Lake Shore Drive flooding on Wednesday as a high winds create waves that could build up to 22 feet.


Wind On Michigan Avenue Bridge

Get Ready For Blasting Winds This Afternoon

A blasting wind and high waves will soon arrive in the Chicago area, as a storm system drops down from Manitoba.

CBS Chicago–09/29/2011