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Lakefront Trail Closed As 16-Foot, ‘Battering’ Waves Expected To Hit Chicago

The waves are expected to erode the shoreline and create "dangerous conditions," including flooding of low-lying roads and bike paths like the Lakefront Trail.

Large waves over Lake Michigan crash at Montrose Beach on March 18, 2021.
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CHICAGO — The Lakefront Trail is closed Monday due to high waves.

The lakefront could see “large and battering waves” up to 16 feet tall, according to a lakeshore flood advisory from the National Weather Service. The waves are expected to erode the shoreline and create “dangerous conditions,” including flooding of low-lying roads and bike paths like the Lakefront Trail.

The advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. Monday.

In response, the city is closing the trail from Fullerton to North Avenue, North Avenue to Ohio Street and 47th Street to 51st Street due to the high waves, according to a news response. Underpasses at Oak Street, Chicago Avenue and Division Street are blocked.

The closures are in effect until further notice.

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