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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

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Man Dies After Being Pulled From Lake Michigan

A man pulled from Lake Michigan in the Rogers Park neighborhood Tuesday died Monday afternoon.

07/01/2014

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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Teen Dies After Falling In Lake

The teen fell into the water near the 4000 block of Recreation Drive about 6:10 p.m. He was pulled from the lake and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 7:06 p.m.

06/30/2014

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Body Pulled From Lake Michigan May Belong To Missing Boater

An autopsy is expected to be performed Sunday on the body of a woman found in Lake Michigan Saturday evening.

06/29/2014

Low clouds cover the tops of the Hancock Center and Trump Tower in Chicago on Thursday, June 26, 2014.  The winter's polar vortex is partly responsible for fog and low clouds that have been common in recent weeks, because Lake Michigan is still very cold in spots, and creates fog from the moist air. (Credit: CBS)

Sick Of The Fog? Blame The Polar Vortex

If you’ve felt like you’ve been living in San Francisco the past couple weeks, that’s just another weird weather phenomenon you can blame on the brutal weather this past winter.

06/26/2014

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Environmentalists Urge Congress To Strengthen Clean Water Act

Environment Illinois campaign director Lisa Nikodem said the group’s “Wasting Our Waterways” report reveals there’s a lot of work to be done to prevent pollution of waterways that feed into Lake Michigan.

06/19/2014

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Man Rescued From Diversey Harbor

Crews responded to a man in the water at Diversey Harbor around 5 a.m., and pulled him out of the lake within a few minutes.

06/18/2014

Jose Alcazar (Supplied to CBS)

Teen Dies After Diving Off Lake Michigan Pier In Whiting

Jose Alcazar, 18, and two friends dove into the lake off a fishing pier near Whihala Beach around 8 p.m., and Alcazar almost immediately began to struggle in the water.

06/17/2014

Artistic rendering of Breakwater Chicago, a $23 million barge a Chicago entrepreneur wants to build in Lake Michigan as a year-round island resort. (Credit: Chicago Breakwater LLC)

Chicago Entrepreneur Dreams Of Chicago’s Own Island Resort

The vision of Beau D’Arcy and his two partners calls for a floating vessel, 300-by-100 feet, almost twice the length of the Odyssey cruiseliner, about a mile offshore in Lake Michigan.

06/10/2014

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

NWS Issues Hazard Alert For Chicago-Area Beaches

If you’re planning a day at the beach, you might want to think twice before you jump in the lake.

06/08/2014

Lake Michigan (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Near-Drowning Inspires Man To Teach Water Safety Courses

The non-profit Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project is conducting water safety and rescue courses in Chicago this weekend as the beach season gets underway.

06/07/2014

View from the 31st Street Harbor on Lake Michigan in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Search Picks Up Again After “Every Boater’s Nightmare”

Crews were out searching Lake Michigan again Tuesday morning for two boaters who have been missing since their boat caught fire and sunk in frigid water on Saturday night.

06/03/2014

Chicago Fire Department dive teams near 31st Street Beach. (Credit: CBS)

Search Resumes For 2 Still Missing After Boating Accident

Four people went into the water when their boat capsized about 7 miles off shore from the 31st Street marina around 7 p.m. Saturday. A fisherman rescued the a man who had been on the boat Sunday morning, and rescue crews found a woman two hours later, but she died.

06/02/2014

Lake Michigan (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Chicago Man Missing In Lake Michigan Off Indiana

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search of the surface of Lake Michigan for a Chicago man missing in the waters off northwestern Indiana.

06/01/2014

Chicago Fire Department dive teams near 31st Street Beach. (Credit: CBS)

One Dead, One Hospitalized After Lake Michigan Boat Accident

Two boaters have been pulled from Lake Michigan off Chicago’s shoreline and crews are searching the waters for two more.

06/01/2014

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

As Beaches Open, Lake Michigan Water Temps At Near-Record Lows For May

As Chicago’s lakefront beaches officially open on Friday, the Lake Michigan water temperatures are among the coldest ever for this time of year.

05/23/2014

Rescue crews on the scene at 31st Street and Lake Michigan. (CBS)

Two Swimmers Dead After Being Pulled From Lake Michigan

One of the first summer-like days in Chicago turned tragic on Tuesday after two men pulled from Lake Michigan have died.

05/20/2014

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Coast Guard, City Officials Urge Boaters To Use Caution On Lake

The temperatures might have been cold, and there was snow in the air, but city officials and the U.S. Coast Guard said those were perfect conditions to remind boaters the Lakefront can be an unpredictable place.

05/16/2014

New Trier High School

New Trier Warns Parents About Lake-Jump Dare Among Students

A new trend has teenagers from New Trier High School taking a dangerous plunge called the “cold water challenge,” with students nominating each other to jump into Lake Michigan.

05/12/2014

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