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Swim Report – April 19, 2014 – Holy Saturday

For some reason, we always seem to get a spectacular sunrise on Holy Saturday morning! The water conditions…well that was another story altogether. Nick, Martin, and I arrived at L1 just as the sun was rising. And boy was it ever a magnificent one! The air temp came... Read More


Swim Report – April 13, 2014 – Palm Sunday Swim!

Despite the dire weather forecast, the conditions proved to be quite ideal when Nick and I arrived at L1. The lake temp came in at 46F, and we only had a slight sustained southwest wind which really wasn’t producing any swells. The only irritating factor was the presence... Read More


Swim Report – April 5, 2014 – In the plus-40F zone!

The sun was already up for a good hour when I met up with Martin out at L1. The official lake temp came in at 41F, which was a bit lower than what I’ve typically swam in without full body neoprene. But given the light winds and fairly civil lake conditions, we decided... Read More


Newsflash: OWC Ownership Change and New Direction

After much deliberation and discussion with my family and friends, I have decided to sell off the ownership and marketing/branding rights of Open Water Chicago to a soon-to-be announced outside party. While I cannot divulge too many details of the transaction due to a non-disclosure... Read More


Swim Report – March 31, 2014 – Lighthouse Beach

The sunny skies and 60F air temperature were just too much of a distraction for me today. So I gathered up some basic swim gear and headed out to the lakefront. For the uninitiated, Lighthouse Beach can be a cruel place to swim in the colder months. The water is shallow for... Read More


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Swim Report - April 19, 2014 - Holy Saturday - t.co/yqPLal1L2z

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45F lake temp at L1. Very choppy! t.co/95Wu8ZMapF

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46F lake temp at 7AM! t.co/xOkSrUUaoP