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  Welcome to Chicago's Lakefront
  Swimming Ban Flag Notification System | Swimming Beaches List | Beach Dog Friendly Areas | Water Conditions
  FAQ | Keeping Chicago's Beaches Clean | Lakefront Webcam | Chicago Harbors | Lakefront Natural Areas |
  Lakefront Map | Lakefront Cultural Attractions | Non-Motorized Water Sports | Get Involved | Beach Data and
  Reports | Links

  The Chicago Park District manages the city's 26 miles of open and free lakefront for the enjoyment of Chicago
  residents and visitors. Admission to Chicago's beaches is free.

  The 2010 beach season has closed. Lifeguards are no longer on duty. The 2011 beach season will open
  Memorial Day weekend. Until then, please continue to enjoy all the other things you can do along Chicago’s
  lakefront.

  For questions regarding Chicago's Beaches, call 312-74BEACH (312-742-3224) or 312-742-PLAY (7529); 312-
  747-2001 (TTY).
                                         Tuesday, September 7 2010
                              The 2010 Beach Season is now over. We hope you
                             enjoyed the beaches this summer. See you next year!
                                                       .
                               North Ave. Beach Conditions as of September 7:

                                   Click here for the current Chicago weather

                              For more information on swim advisories and
                              bans, please see the Flag Notification System
                                           information below.




Swimming Ban Flag Notification System
When you are at the beach, look for a flag near the beach house or on a lifeguard stand. These flags are part of the
Chicago Park District’s flag notification system and indicate the current water quality or weather conditions at your local
beach.

Green - Swimming is permitted. Water is calm and water quality is safe based on current monitoring for E.coli bacteria.

Yellow - A swim advisory is in effect. Caution is advised while swimming. Water and weather conditions are becoming
unpredictable. Restrictions may be implemented. There may be an increased risk of illness based on current monitoring for
E.coli bacteria.

Red - A swim ban is in effect due to severe weather and/or water conditions, which may be hazardous. There may be a
risk of illness based on current monitoring for E.coli bacteria.

Regardless of flag color, our beaches are always open. Flag colors represent conditions for swimming only.
Swimming Beaches (monitored by lifeguards)
Information about our swimming beaches including addresses, parking, accessibility and distance swimming areas, is listed
below.

There are 15 designated areas where distance swimming
is allowed at the beach either equal to or slightly past the
boat line. Patrons should check with the Natatorium
Instructor or Lifeguard Captain on duty for specific
instructions for each location. Any questions or concerns
should be directed to the Chicago Park District Beaches
and Pools office at 312-742-5121.

Please be aware that parking is limited at most beaches, so we encourage you to take public transportation.


 12th Stre e t Be a c h
 1200 S. Lynn White Drive (12th St. @ Lake Michigan, on                     Parking: Pay lot next to Adler Planetarium
 Northerly Island)
                                                               Distance Swimming: Parallel to shore at boat line
      Accessible Beach Walk & Restrooms


 31st Stre e t Be a c h                                                     Parking: Pay & display parking lot
 3100 S. Lake Shore Drive (31st St. @ Lake Michigan)
                                                                                      Parallel to shore from pier to
                                                               Distance Swimming:
                                                                                      tower
      Accessible Beach Walk, Restrooms & Parking


                                                                                     Pay & display parking lots east
 57th Stre e t Be a c h                                                     Parking: and west of Museum of Science
 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive (57th St. @ Lake Michigan)                                 and Industry

      Accessible Beach Walk & Restrooms                                               Parallel to shore from 55th St.
                                                               Distance Swimming:
                                                                                      south to pier



 63rd Stre e t / Ja c kson P a rk Be a c h
 6300 S. Lake Shore Drive. (E. Hayes Drive @ Lake                           Parking: Pay & display parking lot
 Michigan)                                                                            @ 64th Street, parallel to shore
                                                               Distance Swimming:
                                                                                      between 1st and 3rd buoys
      Accessible Beach Walk, Restrooms & Parking



 Ca lume t Be a c h                                                         Parking: Parking lot
 9801 S. Ave. G (Ave. G @ Lake Michigan)                                          South end of beach (10 yards
                                                               Distance Swimming: north of Taylor Pier), parallel to
      Accessible Beach Walk & Parking                                             shore



 Fa rgo Be a c h                                                            Parking: Limited street parking
 1300 W. Fargo Ave. (Fargo Ave. @ Lake Michigan)               Distance Swimming: See Leone Beach North



 Foste r Be a c h                                                     Parking: Pay & display parking lot
 5200 N. Lake Shore Drive (Foster Ave. @ Lake Michigan)
                                                                     Distance Center Tower to north end of beach,
      Accessible Beach Walk, Restrooms & Parking                   Swimming: parallel to shore at boat line



                                                                      Parking: Limited street parking
 Ha rtiga n Be a c h North (Columbia )
                                                                     Distance
 1040 W. Columbia Ave. (Columbia Ave. @ Lake Michigan)                        See Hartigan Beach South
                                                                   Swimming:
Ha rtiga n Be a c h South & Ha rtiga n P a rk
(Albion, P ra tt & North Shore )                                    Parking: Limited street parking
1031 W. Albion Ave. (Albion Ave. @ Lake Michigan) OR
                                                         Distance Swimming: Parallel to shore at Farwell Pier
1050 W. Pratt Blvd (Pratt Blvd. @ Lake Michigan) OR 1040
W. North Shore Ave. (North Shore Ave. @ Lake Michigan)



Howa rd Stre e t P a rk & Be a c h                                     Parking: Limited street parking
7519 N. Eastlake Terrace (Howard St. @ Lake Michigan)      Distance Swimming: See Leone Beach North



Ja rvis Ave . P a rk & Be a c h                                        Parking: Limited street parking
1208 W. Jarvis Ave. (Jarvis Ave. @ Lake Michigan)          Distance Swimming: See Leone Beach North



June wa y Te rra c e P a rk & Be a c h                                 Parking: Limited street parking
7751 N. Eastlake Terrace (Juneway Terrace @ Lake
                                                           Distance Swimming: See Leone Beach North
Michigan)


G e orge A. La ne Be a c h a t Thornda le
5915 N. Sheridan Rd. (Thorndale Ave. @ Lake Michigan)                  Parking: Limited street parking
                                                           Distance Swimming: See Osterman Beach
    Accessible Beach Walk



Le one Be a c h North & Le one P a rk                                  Parking: Pay & display parking
1222 W. Touhy Ave (Touhy Ave. @ Lake Michigan)             Distance Swimming: Lunt to Farwell, parallel to shore



Le one Be a c h South & Loyola P a rk
1230 W. Greenleaf Ave. ( Greenleaf Ave. @ Lake Michigan)               Parking: Pay & display parking
                                                           Distance Swimming: See Leone Beach North
    Accessible Beach Walk, Restrooms & Parking


Montrose Be a c h                                                                 Pay & display parking and street
4400 N. Lake Shore Drive (Montrose Ave. @ Lake                         Parking:
                                                                                  parking
Michigan)
                                                                                  Tower 4 (north of boathouse),
                                                           Distance Swimming:
    Accessible Beach Walk, Restrooms & Parking                                    parallel to shore



North Ave . Be a c h
                                                                       Parking: Pay lot
1600 N. Lake Shore Drive (North Ave. @ Lake Michigan)
                                                                              Beaches 3 & 4 (north of
    Accessible Beach Walk, Restrooms & Parking             Distance Swimming: boathouse), parallel to shore




Oa k Stre e t Be a c h                                                 Parking: Limited street parking
1000 N. Lake Shore Drive (Oak St. @ Lake Michigan)                            Parallel to shore Division St. to
                                                           Distance Swimming: Chess Pavilion (20 yards west of
    Accessible Beach Walk                                                     buoys)



Oa kwood / 41st Stre e t Be a c h
4100 S. Lake Shore Drive (41st St. @ Lake Michigan,                    Parking: Pay & display parking lot
parking @ Oakwood Blvd.)
                                                           Distance Swimming: Parallel to shore
    Accessible Beach Walk, Restrooms & Parking
 Ohio Stre e t Be a c h                                                           Parking: Limited street parking
 400 N. Lake Shore Drive (Ohio St. @ Lake Michigan)                                    Parallel to shore to red buoy
                                                                    Distance Swimming: (minimum of 20 yards west of
      Accessible Beach Walk                                                            buoy markers)



 Ka thy Oste rma n / Hollywood Be a c h
 5800 N. Lake Shore Drive (Hollywood Ave. @ Lake                                  Parking: Limited street parking
 Michigan)                                                                                   South end pier to 2nd buoy north,
                                                                    Distance Swimming:
                                                                                             parallel to shore at boat line
      Accessible Beach Walk


 Ra inbow Be a c h
 2873 E. 75th Street (75th St. @ Lake Michigan)                                   Parking: Pay & display parking lot
                                                                    Distance Swimming: Parallel to shore at boat line
      Accessible Beach Walk, Restrooms & Parking



 Roge rs Ave . P a rk & Be a c h                                                  Parking: Limited street parking
 7705 N. Eastlake Terrace (Rogers Ave. @ Lake Michigan)             Distance Swimming: See Leone Beach North



 South Shore Be a c h                                                             Parking: Pay & display parking lot
 7059 S. South Shore Dr. (71st St. @ Lake Michigan)                                    South end rocks to trees at north
                                                                    Distance Swimming: end of beach, parallel to shore at
      Accessible Beach Walk, Restrooms & Parking                                       boat line




Beach Dog Friendly Areas
Dogs can splash and play at the designated dog friendly areas on
the lake, at Belmont Harbor or north of Montrose Beach, at Wilson
Ave. and at the north end of Foster Ave. Beach.



Dog Friendly Areas Information Page




Water Conditions FAQ
What causes swim advisories and swim bans?

Swim advisories and swim bans are issued for potentially hazardous weather
or water quality conditions. The Chicago Park District follows United States
Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) guidance for testing of
recreational waters and tests for indicator bacteria called Escherichia coli (E.
coli) in the collected samples. There are many unknown sources that cause
high levels of E. coli: high temperatures, weather events, storm water, sand,
low lake levels and animal waste. Studies have suggested a link between
fecal droppings from ring-billed gulls and other birds, which is why feeding
birds at the beach is discouraged and harassment techniques have been implemented at some sites that have a history of high levels
of E. coli. The Park District provides numerous lidded containers for trash and recyclable materials to decrease the available food
source for these "nuisance species". Additionally, the Chicago Park District Department of Natural Resources cleans each beach daily.

What are indicator bacteria?
Although the type of E. coli that is tested for at beaches is not itself harmful, it is used as an "indicator bacteria" for potentially harmful
germs (bacteria or viruses). This means that that if E. coli is found, there is a statistical likelihood that other germs may be present.

The sheer variety of germs that could be found in the environment and their low concentrations make it very difficult and expensive to
test for each individual organism. To protect public health, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has conducted studies that
provide a statistical link between the risk of getting sick and the presence of E. coli above certain concentrations.

What causes high levels of indicator bacteria?

There are many unknown sources that can cause high levels of E. coli in the water. Studies have shown that potential sources include
waste from gulls, pets and wildlife, high temperatures, severe weather, storm water runoff, bacteria from the sand, and low lake levels.
Research has suggested a strong link between high E. coli levels and fecal droppings from ring-billed gulls and other birds, which is
why feeding birds at the beach is prohibited and gull harassment techniques have been implemented at some sites that have a history
of high levels of E. coli. The Park District also provides numerous lidded containers for trash and recyclable materials to decrease the
available food source for these "nuisance species." Additionally, the Chicago Park District Department of Natural Resources cleans
each beach daily.

How often is the water tested?

EPA guidance calls for municipalities to test recreational public beach waters at least once every week. The Chicago Park District tests
beach waters for bacteria a minimum of five days per week, or more when high levels of E. coli are found. To help decrease E. coli
levels, the Chicago Park District uses an integrated approach of best management practices in an effort to minimize various sources of
the bacteria.

How can I learn more about the current water conditions before heading to the beach?

Learn about current water conditions at the Chicago Park District Swim Report page or call 312-74BEACH, follow us on Twitter or join
our Facebook Page.



Keeping Chicago's Beaches Clean
The Chicago Park District cleans the beaches daily, but we need your help to keep them clean. Please follow these rules when at the
beach:

   Do not feed birds on the beach.
   Keep your picnic sites tidy and free of trash.
   Grill only in designated areas, and put used coals in red metal hot coal containers. Grilling on the beach is hazardous because
   used coals can remain hot in the sand for many hours and can cause
   burns if beach patrons step on them.
   At the beach and in the parking lot, put all trash in the containers provided.
   Place recyclable materials in the blue recycling containers, and place all other trash in the green waste containers. Materials that
   go in a blue recycling container include paper, plastic containers, glass containers and aluminum cans.
   Do not swim if you are not feeling well.
   Infants and toddlers should wear swim diapers.
Watch a video to learn more about our beach cleaning and water sampling.

Look for our “Big Belly” solar powered trash cans along the Lakefront this
summer. These trash cans are solar powered trash compactors which will
help minimize the number of times the Park District empties these containers
along the Lakefront, supporting our sustainability initiatives for fuel
conservation and decreased emissions as well as to support and utilize
current solar power technology.

In October 2007, the Chicago Park District board of commissioners passed a
measure that prohibits smoking at beaches, playgrounds, and playlots. In
efforts to help keep our beaches clean, the smoking ban has helped
decrease the amount of cigarette butts littering Chicago beaches.

In April of 2010, the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners passed a measure that prohibits the feeding of birds and other
animals at bathing beaches. Research has shown that the bacteria from bird waste can be a significant cause of swim bans. Feeding
attracts additional birds to the beach, which can increase the problems associated with bird waste.
Public support is vital to maintaining cleaner, safer beaches. Cleaner beaches result in fewer swim advisories and bans. For more
information about keeping our beaches clean, visit www.greatlakes.org.



Lakefront Webcam
Click on the link below to view current lake conditions before heading to the beach, or just take a look at one of several costal webcams
lining Chicago's lakefront. Webcam link hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes
Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL).

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)



Chicago Harbors
The Chicago Park District's nine lakefront harbors stretch from
Lincoln Park in the northern part of the city to Jackson Park in the
south. With accommodations for more than 5,000 boats, the Chicago
Park District Harbors constitute the nation's largest municipal harbor
system and feature state-of-the-art floating docks, moorings, star
docks, fuel facilities and other amenities for Chicago boaters and
their guests.

For more information on Chicago's Harbors, click here.



Lakefront Natural Areas
The Chicago Park District’s natural areas program offers Chicago residents and guests a variety of opportunities to discover and
appreciate nature. Natural areas provide many ecological benefits. They protect and offer sanctuary for rare and endangered species,
protect the region’s biodiversity, aid in stormwater management, and act as buffer zones against water contamination. The Park District
maintains native dune and beach habitat at six of Chicago’s beaches:

  63rd Street Beach
  Montrose Beach
  Kathy Osterman Beach
  Loyola Park / Leone Beach
  Rainbow Park
  South Shore Cultural Center / South Shore Beach
Sand dunes occur wherever wind-blown sand has a chance to temporarily or permanently stabilize into a ridge. The prevailing west-
east wind direction makes Illinois dunes petite versions of our neighboring Indiana dunes, but no less interesting. Come explore these
habitats, home to unusual grasses, flowering plants and birds.

Four of our beach natural areas are also designated as bird and butterfly sanctuaries: 63rd Street Beach, Montrose Beach, Kathy
Osterman Beach, and South Shore Cultural Center.



Lakefront Map
The Lakefront Trail Map offers a complete, easy to follow outline of Chicago’s
18-mile paved trail along Lake Michigan. Running from Hollywood Ave. on
the north end, to 71st St. on the south end, the map features mile markers,
restrooms, facilities, public transportation information and available parking
lots along the trail. Printed on durable water resistant paper, it’s small enough
to slip into your pocket while walking, jogging or biking along the lake.

To view or print out a copy of the Lakefront Trail Map, click the links below:

1. Lakefront Trail Map (complete brochure)
2. Lakefront Trail Map cover
3.   Lakefront Trail Map icon key
4.   Lakefront Trail Map Hollywood Ave. - Diversey Pkwy.
5.   Lakefront Trail Map Diversey Pkwy. - Madison St.
6.   Lakefront Trail Map Madison St. - 55th St.
7.   Lakefront Trail Map 55th St. - 79th St.

For questions regarding Chicago's beaches, call 312-74BEACH (312.742.3224) or 312.742.PLAY (7529).

Text the name of the beach to 312.715.SWIM (7946) to find out the swim status at that location. For the entire list, leave the body of the
text blank.



Lakefront Cultural Attractions
The Chicago lakefront also offers world class museums, a zoo and Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. Be sure to call ahead for
hours, parking options and admission prices.

  Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
  1300 S. Lake Shore Drive
  312.922.STAR
  Art Institute of Chicago
  111 S. Michigan Avenue
  312.443.3600
  Chicago Cultural Center
  78 E. Washington Street
  312.744.6630
  Chicago Riverwalk
  Along Wacker Drive between Lake Shore Drive and Franklin Street
  Chicago History Museum
  Clark Street at North Avenue
  312.642.4600
  Field Museum
  1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
  312.922.9410
  Lincoln Park Zoo
  2001 N. Clark Street
  312.742.2000
  Museum of Contemporary Art
  220 E. Chicago Avenue
  312.280.2660
  Museum of Science and Industry
  57th Street & Lake Shore Drive
  773.684.1414
  Notebaert Nature Museum
  2430 N. Cannon Drive
  773.755.5100
  John G. Shedd Aquarium
  1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
  312.939.2438
  Soldier Field
  1410 S. Museum Campus Drive
  312.235.7000


Non-Motorized Water Sports

  Non-Motorized Water Sports Information and Safety Awareness Information


Get Involved
 There are many opportunities to get involved in volunteer stewardship projects along the lakefront (and at other locations in the
 Chicago Park District). To see a list of sites and workdays, click here.



 Beach Data and Reports
 Click here to download historic data from the Chicago Park District’s beach monitoring program.



 Links
 Alliance for the Great Lakes

 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

 Illinois Department of Public Health Beach Monitoring Web site

 Shedd Aquarium

 US Environmental Protection Agency - Great Lakes National Program Office




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