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Dangerous Waves As High As 7 Feet Possible At Chicago Beaches Monday

Strong currents and high waves mean Chicago's beaches will be dangerous for swimming all Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

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DOWNTOWN — Chicago beaches will have life-threatening waves and currents Monday.

The National Weather Service warned there’d be a high swim risk along southern Lake Michigan. A Beach Hazards Statement for Chicago was in effect until Monday night, with the National Weather Service warning there’d be “dangerous swimming conditions” and people should stay out of the water.

Waves could get as high as 7 feet in Illinois, according to the National Weather Service, and life-threatening currents were expected.

Oakwood Beach had a swim ban and numerous other city beaches had swim advisories in place as of 8 a.m. Monday. Chicagoans can go online to check the status of each beach.

The waves are partially the result of 15-25 mph winds and were expected to “slowly diminish” at night, according to the National Weather Service.