November 20, 2014
Leone Beach Park Advisory Council Forms Ahead of Renovations
Preliminary plans were presented by the Park District last month to renovate the park and field house at the north end of Loyola Park at 1222 W. Touhy Ave. Plans included kayak rentals and storage, concession or vendor space and an interactive nature center.
August 6, 2014 DNAinfo Chicago World Basketball Festival Takes Over 63rd Street Beach The Nike World Basketball Festival began taking over the parking lot at 63rd Street Beach Tuesday. Crews were constructing two large temporary courts on Tuesday in preparation for the U.S. Basketball Men’s National Team and the clinics and camps that run Aug. 14-17. The parking lot at 63rd Street Beach will be closed until Aug. 22. Continue reading
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August 1, 2014 DNAinfo Chicago Where's the Beach? Fargo Beach All But Gone as Lake Rises The Chicago Park District sign at the end of Fargo Avenue says, "Welcome to Fargo Beach." But there's one problem with the greeting: There's not much of a beach left as the lake's water creeps to its highest levels in 15 years. "There used to be a beach. There used to be a lot more," said Jan Ponio, soaking up the sun on a patch of sand that was the only part of the beach not yet submerged by Lake Michigan. Continue reading
Opening Weekend 2015
2015 beach season runs from Friday, May 22, to Monday, September 7. Swimming is permitted when lifeguards are on duty from 11 AM to 7 PM.
What's new in 2015?
The Chicago Park District will be continuing to use predictive models at all beaches to provide faster and more accurate water quality information to the public. Computer models use weather data to predict bacteria levels in real time.
Lifeguards now have the ability to update this website from the beach, allowing the display of swim restrictions based on poor weather or rough surf, as well as water quality restrictions. Each beach page displays current weather conditions from the closest monitoring location. The beach pages also include information about amenities, concessions, distance swimming, accessibility, parking and current weather at the beach.
Stay safe at the beach
Protect yourself from the sun and stay hydrated.
Lake Michigan water is still quite cold at the start of the swim season, even when the air is warm. Swim with other people, swim near life guards, and get out and warm up if you experience shivering or if your skin appears blue.
Please follow the beach rules when you're at the beach!
- Follow lifeguards’ instructions - they are there to keep you safe!
Only Coast Guard approved flotation devices are permitted.
No glass containers - broken glass in the sand can cause serious injuries.
Dogs are not allowed on the beach except in designated dog friendly areas at Foster Beach and Monstrose Beach.
Do not feed birds or wildlife. Seagulls and geese are one of the largest sources of the bacteria that causes swim advisories. Feeding gulls attracts them to the beach.
Dispose of trash and recycling in appropriate containers. Trash attracts gulls to the beach, which can cause swim advisories.
Grill in designated areas only and dispose of coals in red barrels. Please do not dump coals next to trees, where they can damage tree roots.
Keep accessible beach walks clear. No bicycling, skateboarding or rollerblading is permitted in these areas.
Surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding are only allowed in designated areas.
Visit the National Weather Service's website to learn about rip tides.