Opening Weekend 2013

2013 beach season runs from Friday, May 24, to Monday, September 3.  Swimming is permitted when life guards are on duty from 11 AM to 7 PM.

What's new in 2013?

The Chicago Park District will be using 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.

Life guards now have the ability to update this website from the beach, so this website will now display swim restrictions based on poor weather or rough surf along with water quality restrictions. You can also check each the page for each beach to see current weather conditions from the closest monitoring location.

Each beach has its own page on this website with 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 smoking.

  • No alcohol.

  • 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 Montrose 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.