Lake Michigan

Coast Guard Cracking Down On Drunk Boating This Weekend

Boaters are going to see more police and Coast Guard patrols on the lake this weekend, during a crackdown on drunk boating, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

06/27/2015

(Photo Credit: Sgt. Josh Cox)

Best Motorcycle Trips Around Chicagoland

A motorcycle trip around Chicagoland is a great way to explore the “Land of Lincoln” and enjoy all that Illinois has to offer.

06/23/2015

Authorities respond to a call of a body in the water near Oak Street Beach. (CBS/Jennice Chavez)

Body Pulled From Lake Near Oak Street Beach

The male corpse was pulled from the water about two blocks north of Oak Street about 5:40 p.m., according to Fire Media Affairs.

06/22/2015

Lake Michigan (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Return Of Swimming Season Prompts Warning About Rip Currents

This past weekend marked the unofficial start of summer and the outdoor swimming season, and it was also marked by drownings and water rescues. Benjamin said part of the problem is that too many people think they’re better swimmers than they are.

05/26/2015

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Best Lake House Getaways Near Chicago

Heading for a lake house getaway near Chicago is a great way to recharge the batteries and bond with the family, the best lake houses are just a short drive from Chicago.

05/23/2015

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Cool Temperatures Continue, Scattered Showers Possible Later Wednesday

Cool conditions will continue in Chicago on Wednesday, with temperatures likely not reaching past 60, though areas further from the lake will see temperatures 5 to 10 degrees warmer.

04/29/2015

Photo Credit: Randy Yagi

Best Waterfront Destinations In The US

Most every popular destination in America shares something in common — a waterfront setting.

04/22/2015

(Photo Credit: U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City)

Photos Of Ice-Thawed Lake Michigan Reveal Amazing Shipwrecks

Ever wonder what’s under the surface of Lake Michigan? Recent ice thaws have left the lake crystal clear, revealing some of the many shipwrecks it’s seen through the years.

04/21/2015

April Chernoby. (Credit: West Michigan Speedskating Club)

Watch: Ice Skater Glides Along “Smooth As Glass” Lake Michigan

Remember last week’s endless chill? Well it made conditions just right for April Chernoby and a few fellow skaters from the West Michigan Speedskating Club on the world’s largest ice skating rink: Lake Michigan.

03/10/2015

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

(File photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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 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.

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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