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Old 07-17-2012, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Herriman, UT.
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Where I grew up on the far South side Rainbow Beach and Calumet Beach were where we swam in summer camp and such (this was like 1958-1965). There were often cinders in the water from the various plants that were there then (no longer) such as the steel plants and soap plants...even one malting plant for beer. I wouldn't be putting my big toe in waters anywhere near Chicago for Milwaukee for that matter. I'd stick with Northern Wisconsin and UP Michigan thanks. I don't care what the temperature is at least the water is fairly clean and not full of sewage and dead stuff. I moved to Highland Park in 67 and went in the lake up there. It was pretty good actually. Took some small sailboats out and had a good time. Would not be doing that in Chicago thanks.......
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Cardboard box
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Swimming in Lake Michigan is like swimming at an ocean. Only the water isn't salty so you don't have to wash your hair afterwards.
You should wash yourself up afterwards, no matter where you swim.
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:03 AM
 
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So I'll be in Chicago the first week in August and I'll have a about two days off between meetings. I've thought about heading to some of the beaches. Is this just a tourist thing or do locals go to the beaches too?
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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Locals absolutely go!!
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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So I'll be in Chicago the first week in August and I'll have a about two days off between meetings. I've thought about heading to some of the beaches. Is this just a tourist thing or do locals go to the beaches too?
Even at a beach like Oak St or North Ave, a large majority will likely be chicago area residents.
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Jefferson Park Chicago, IL
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The water was 76 degrees 10 miles out and 100ft deep on Saturday am!
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park/East Village area
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Lake Michigan water temperatures

CHICAGO SHORE....81 Lake Michigan/Marine - Chicago Weather Center
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:41 PM
 
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Hell yes the locals go to the beaches. I've lived here for a long time and it is still one of the best things about living in the city.

Yesterday I called in sick to work and spent my day bike riding, drinking beer at the Fullerton Grill on the water and swimming on the beach.

Can't beat it!
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:00 PM
 
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Hell yes the locals go to the beaches. I've lived here for a long time and it is still one of the best things about living in the city.

Yesterday I called in sick to work and spent my day bike riding, drinking beer at the Fullerton Grill on the water and swimming on the beach.

Can't beat it!
This makes me happy! Maybe I'll make some new friends before I officially get moved up there.. Lol I just felt like the unpopular kid in high school.
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Jefferson Park, Chicago
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Hell yes the locals go to the beaches. I've lived here for a long time and it is still one of the best things about living in the city.

Yesterday I called in sick to work and spent my day bike riding, drinking beer at the Fullerton Grill on the water and swimming on the beach.

Can't beat it!

There is no better way to live than this.

I haven't been been to the beach in 2 weeks. My wife and I were considering going tonight since it's 97 degrees in the apartment, but we're holed up in the bedroom with the window unit on instead. I'm eager to feel 81 degree beach water!
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