News Release
City Services

July 23, 2013

OEMC Encourages Residents To Exercise Caution Due To High Waves Along LakeFront

OEMC Media Affairs

CHICAGO - The Office of Emergency Management (OEMC) is issuing a public safety reminder for residents to exercise caution today and tomorrow due to unseasonably large waves likely to appear Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning. Waves will build to 9 feet and may inundate the lakefront path in some areas, and riptide currents are also expected.

"This type of weather can cause serious injury if not taken seriously and the recommended precautions are ignored," said OEMC Executive Director Gary Schenkel. "Residents should exercise extreme caution today and tomorrow, if running, cycling or walking near the edge of Lake Michigan as expected high winds and waves can cause wipeout conditions," Schenkel added.

As a result of the waves, portions of the lakefront path and beaches may be closed. OEMC urges all to adhere to any restrictions and avoid barricaded areas that may be in place for public safety.

Updated beach information is available As an alternative to the beaches, the Chicago Park District offers 50 citywide outdoor pools and 29 water playgrounds. Outdoor pools offer admission-free open and family swim from 11 am - 7 pm Schedules are available online or by calling 312.742.7529.

Prior to going out over the next two days, it is advised to tune in to local or national weather broadcast to obtain the most current weather conditions.

The public is also encouraged to register for free emergency alerts by subscribing to NotifyChicago at

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