Lake Michigan

Satellite image of ice coverage on the Great Lakes on Feb. 22, 2015, when the lakes were 84 percent covered in ice. (Credit: NOAA)

Great Lakes More Ice-Covered Than Last February

For the second consecutive winter, the Great Lakes are almost completely covered with ice, due to the frigid weather.

02/24/2015

Jimmy Fallon, Israel Idonije, Brian Bannon and Mike Kelly participate in the Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge Hoping To Break Last Year’s Record

Last year, thousands of people jumped into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan at North Avenue beach, along with comedian Jimmy Fallon and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It was a social media challenge that boosted registration for this year’s Polar Plunge.

02/06/2015

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Woman Falls Into Harbor, Uses Belt To Hang Onto Dock Until Help Arrives

A woman who fell into the icy waters of Belmont Harbor on Sunday morning used her belt to strap herself to a dock before she was saved by a passing jogger who heard her screams for help.

01/26/2015

Chicago Police Officer Wadell Hardy saved a 58-year-old man from Lake Michigan after the man jumped into the icy water at Oak Street Beach. (Credit: CBS)

Police Officer Rescues Man From Lake Michigan At Oak Street

Near North District Officer Wadell Hardy, a 22-year veteran of the CPD, was the first to arrive, and found the victim struggling in the icy water. He admitted he was afraid the ice beneath him would give way, but he knew he couldn’t let the man drown.

01/19/2015

Ice fishermen had already set up a shanty on the ice at Diversey Harbor on Jan. 9, 2015, even though at least one other fisherman said the ice was not thick enough to venture far onto the frozen surface of Lake Michigan. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Fishermen Already Testing Ice On Lake Michigan

Ice fishermen have returned to some Chicago harbors, even though it might be a little early to be standing on the not-so-thick ice.

01/09/2015

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Public Meetings Set On Plan To Keep Invasive Species Out Of Great Lakes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been searching for a magic bullet to keep potentially harmful aquatic fish, plants, and other species from advancing into the Great Lakes.

12/05/2014

Authorities respond to a report of a vehicle into Lake Michigan at Balbo Drive. (CBS/Serena Phillips)

Man Dies After SUV Enters Lake Near Monroe Habor

A man died after he was pulled from Lake Michigan Friday after his SUV went into the water near Monroe Harbor downtown.

11/29/2014

Chicago Police Department and Fire Department boats search Lake Michigan after a Chicago Park District car skidded off the Lakefront Trail and into the water. (Credit: CBS)

Park District Car Falls In Lake Michigan

Part of the Lakefront Trail was closed Friday, after a Chicago Park District vehicle slid into Lake Michigan.

11/28/2014

Frigid air over the relatively warm water of Lake Michigan combined to create swirling fog and mist on the lake early Tuesday. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Frigid Air Brings Swirling Fog To Lakefront

Tuesday morning’s frigid weather created something of a spectacle along the lakefront. The bitter cold air over the relatively warm water of the lake created fog that swirled in the wind.

11/18/2014

High waves on Friday damaged the Lakefront Trail near Division Avenue. (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.

11/01/2014

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.

10/31/2014

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Chicago

Many know Chicago is known as “the Windy City” and Wrigley Field is one of America’s oldest baseball stadiums, but there are a lot of other things about this great city that are not widely known.

09/17/2014

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Good Morning: Beautiful Sunrise Over Lake Michigan

It just might be the best way to start the day.

09/16/2014

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None Injured After Boat Catches Fire On Lake Michigan

No injuries were reported after a fire broke out on a boat in Lake Michigan Sunday afternoon.

09/07/2014

A Chicago Fire Department Ambulance (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Man Dies After Being Pulled From Lake Michigan On North Side

A man died after he was pulled from Lake Michigan near Foster Beach on the North Side Sunday morning.

08/31/2014

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Police Find Sunken Motorboat At Center Of Fatal Excursion

The Chicago Police Marine Unit, after scanning the depths of Lake Michigan daily for two months, has found the 33-foot motorboat that sank off the coast of Chicago in late May, killing three of four occupants.

08/29/2014

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Four Rescued After Boat Hits Lake Michigan Breakwall

Police said the boat ran onto the breakwall northeast of Navy Pier around 10:30 p.m.

08/28/2014

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Bystanders Rescue Ex-Priest, 93, Whose Wheelchair Rolls Into Lake

The man and his caretaker were watching the Chicago Air and Water Show over the lake near a pumping station at the Chicago Yacht Club when they got distracted.

08/16/2014

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Body Recovered From Lake Michigan Identified As Missing Boater

The body pulled from Lake Michigan on Wednesday has been identified as a boater who went missing after falling out of a sailboat near Montrose Harbor on Saturday.

08/13/2014

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.

08/12/2014

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