CHICAGO (CBS) — Friday marks the official start of the beach season in Chicago.
All Chicago Park District beaches will be staffed with lifeguards from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., every day through Labor Day.
While the air weather might be a little cool for the beach, the water is downright cold. The water temperature at North Avenue Beach was a skin-tingling 51 degrees Thursday morning.
Some people will still swim when it’s that cold, however. Chicago Park District beach and pool manager Eric Fischer suggested those who do venture into the water only stay a very short time, as hypothermia is a very real possibility.
The Park District has hired 1,000 lifeguards to keep watch at the beaches and pools this season.
“Juan Regalado, who has spent 21 years as a lifeguard on the city’s beaches, said he loves spending every day of the summer at the lake.
“It’s short-lived, so we’ve got to make the best of it,” he said.