Swimming Bans

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

Choppy Conditions Make Lake Michigan Off-Limits At Some Beaches

As if the unusually cool weather weren’t reason enough to avoid Lake Michigan on Tuesday, swimming was banned at several lakefront beaches, due to dangerous rip currents. Swimmers were being warned of high bacteria levels at a handful of other beaches.

07/07/2015

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

63rd Street Beach

City To End Most Swimming Bans At Beaches, Which Open Friday

Chicago beaches open for the summer on Friday, and the Park District says this year, you can expect to see fewer days when swimming is forbidden.

WBBM Newsradio–05/23/2012