Lake Michigan

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

U.S. Coast Guard crews search Lake Michigan near Lake Forest after reports of a swimmer in distress. (Credit: CBS)

Woman Who Apparently Drowned In Lake Identified

A woman whose body was pulled from Lake Michigan off a north suburban beach has been identified as a 32-year-old Lake Forest resident.

05/09/2014

Lake Michigan (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Drowning Victim’s Parents Help Teach About Dangers Of Rip Currents

The Kochers’ 15-year old son, Matt, drowned last summer in Lake Michigan, unable to deal with a rip current, even though he was a three-sport athlete.

05/08/2014

U.S. Coast Guard crews search Lake Michigan near Lake Forest after reports of a swimmer in distress. (Credit: CBS)

Body Recovered From Lake Michigan In Lake Forest

Marine units equipped with sonar and drag lines recovered a body from Lake Michigan near Lake Forest on Thursday, more than two hours after a woman was reported to be in distress while swimming off Forest Park Beach.

05/08/2014

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Four Rescued From Sinking Boat On Lake Michigan

The boat was in the lake off of 31st Street, and had sunk as of 5 p.m., fire officials said.

05/05/2014

Great Lakes Ice Coverage

Nearly 20 Percent Of Great Lakes Still On Ice

In the aftermath of one of the coldest winters on record, 19 percent of the Great Lakes are still covered in ice.

05/05/2014

Authorities respond to a person in the water early Monday in Montrose Harbor on the North Side. / NVP News Video

Body Of Male Recovered From Monrose Harbor

Divers have located the body of a male who went into Lake Michigan early Monday. A woman had been rescued in critical condition from the same incident.

04/29/2014

Police and Fire Department crews respond to calls of a person in the water in Montrose Harbor on Monday. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Search Resumes For 2nd Victim After Woman Rescued From Montrose Harbor

A woman fell in Montrose Harbor around 2 a.m., and Chicago Fire Department and Police Marine Unit crews were able to pull her out and get her to a hospital, but another person also might have gone in the water.

04/28/2014

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State Awards Grants For Lake Michigan Shoreline Conservation Programs

The state of Illinois has awarded 26 groups grants totaling $1.6 million for programs designed to conserve and enhance the shoreline of Lake Michigan and adjacent waterways.

04/19/2014

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Woman Dies After Being Pulled From Lake Michigan

A woman died after she was pulled from Lake Michigan downtown Friday night.

04/19/2014

Satellite image of ice cover on the Great Lakes on April 15, 2014. Overall, nearly 39 percent of the Great Lakes were covered in ice as of April 15, including 62 percent of Lake Superior. (Credit: NOAA)

It’s Mid-April And Coast Guard Is Still Battling Thick Great Lakes Ice

Almost one month into spring, the U.S. Coast Guard is still breaking up ice around the Great Lakes.

04/16/2014

Cleanup crews use vacuum trucks to remove crude oil from Lake Michigan, after a spill from the BP refinery in Whiting, Ind. (Credit: CBS)

No New Oil Found From BP Spill

No new oil has been found floating in Lake Michigan or at the bottom of a cove following further inspection Sunday of the spill site near the BP Refinery in Whiting, Ind.

04/01/2014

Cleanup crews use vacuum trucks to remove crude oil from Lake Michigan, after a spill from the BP refinery in Whiting, Ind. (Credit: CBS)

BP Raises Estimate Of Lake Michigan Oil Spill

 WHITING, Ind. (AP) — Oil giant BP has raised its estimate of how much crude oil spilled into Lake Michigan during a malfunction at its northwestern Indiana refinery. BP said Thursday a preliminary estimate shows […]

03/27/2014

Cleanup crews use vacuum trucks to remove crude oil from Lake Michigan, after a spill from the BP refinery in Whiting, Ind. (Credit: CBS)

Malfunction At BP Refinery Causes Oil Spill On Lake Michigan

As many as 500 gallons of crude oil spilled onto the shore of Lake Michigan in Whiting, Ind., following an accident Monday afternoon at the BP refinery.

03/25/2014

Satellite image of Lake Michigan on March 8, 2014, when ice coverage was 93.29 percent. (Credit: NOAA)

Ducks Dying From Starvation As Lake Ice Cuts Them Off From Food Source

This bitterly cold winter seems to be wearing down everyone. It’s also having a dramatic impact on the ducks who usually flourish along the shores of Lake Michigan.

03/12/2014

Jimmy Fallon, Israel Idonije, Brian Bannon and Mike Kelly participate in the Polar Plunge. (Credit: Brooke Collins // City of Chicago )

Chicago Polar Plunge Raises More Than $1M

Organizers credit the extra excitement to a challenge by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon. Both Fallon and Emanuel made the plunge, attracting attention to the event.

03/12/2014

Satellite image of ice coverage on the Great Lakes on March 6, 2014, when surface ice levels were at 92.19 percent. (Credit: NOAA)

Lake Michigan Ice Breaks Record; Great Lakes Hit 2nd Highest Level

Lake Michigan set a new record for ice coverage over the weekend, when ice levels reached 93.29 percent.

03/11/2014

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