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Chicago Swimming Ban Lifted Except Montrose/Humbolt








Beach goers received bad news yesterday when they were informed that swimming was banned due to water quality conditions. Coming right before the active Fourth of July weekend, residents have been wondering if they would open in time for the Holiday.

Today they were pleased to find out the bans were lifted as predictive modeling results gave the green light to all beaches except two. Both Montrose Beach and Humbolt Park Beach remained closed due to poor water quality. Montrose Beach is a popular attraction as it is Chicago’s largest sandy stretch and offers the most parking options. It also has one the most popular dog beaches in the city.

On Monday night, storms were so intense, that the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District was forced to open river locks into Lake Michigan. At 11:23 p.m, the gates on the North Shore Channel in Wilmette were opened allowing millions of gallons of tainted storm run-off and raw sewage to cascade down the lakefront. The Wilmette gate was closed again at 5:50 a.m., followed by the Chicago locks at 7:10 a.m.

City crews have been scrambling to treat the water so the beaches can open. However, many are worried Montrose will not be ready by Friday. All other beaches are open for swimming from 11 AM to 7 PM. For up-to-date information see the Chicago Park District beach page.

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