Officials warn of dangerous swimming conditions at Chicago-area beaches

SHARE Officials warn of dangerous swimming conditions at Chicago-area beaches

Forecasters are advising beachgoers to stay out of the water Sunday as high waves and strong currents are expected to create dangerous swimming conditions at Lake Michigan beaches.

With winds reaching 20 to 30 mph and waves of 7 to 10 feet, a beach hazard advisory was put in effect from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for Illinois’ Cook and Lake counties and northwest Indiana, according to the National Weather Service.

“Life threatening waves and currents are expected at the beaches,” the hazard advisory said. “People visiting the beaches should stay out of the water.”

The powerful currents can quickly sweep swimmers into deeper water, and high waves can tire even strong swimmers in a short time, according to the weather service.

Additionally, swim advisories were in effect at Chicago’s Montrose Beach and Ohio Street Beach for water quality conditions, according to the Chicago Park District.

The water is also closed at all beaches in north suburban Evanston, according to a statement from the city.

By about 11 a.m., Divvy canceled the bike sharing company’s weekend valet service at the lakefront due to the inclement weather.

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