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Chicago Beaches Officially Reopen Friday With Lifeguards, Amenities

Concessions will make their return for Memorial Day weekend.

People enjoy the warm spring weather as temperatures exceeded 80°F at Montrose Beach in Uptown on April 27, 2021.
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CHICAGO — Twenty-two of Chicago’s beaches will officially reopen Friday.

Beach season was a no-go last year, as Mayor Lori Lightfoot shut down the lakefront in spring 2020. The lakefront didn’t reopen until February. People have been going to the beaches since then — but, as of Friday, they’re officially back open with lifeguards and amenities like rentals, according to a Mayor’s Office news release.

Concessions will return Memorial Day weekend. Drinking fountains will remain closed due to public health guidance.

Reggie’s on the Beach will be back at 63rd Street Beach with expanded seating on its second-floor promenade. “New concepts” are also coming to Rainbow Beach and the South Shore Beach House, according to the Mayor’s Office.

Juneway, Roger, Howard and Fargo beaches remain closed due to high lake levels and erosion, according to the Mayor’s Office.

The Park District’s website has daily updates about individual beaches, since swimming may not be allowed due to water conditions or dangerous water quality.

Beach season will run through Sept. 6.

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