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23April2016_10

Swim Report – April 23, 2016 – Happy 400th!

By seven o’clock I’ll get you such a ladder. I spy a black, suspicious, threatening cloud That will encounter with our glorious sun. It is a great morning. Come, away!— Who’s there? The sun doth gild our armour; up, my lords! I’ll to the Tower with... Read More

16April2016_7

Swim Report – April 16, 2016 – Fishing Edition

Due to a string of three consecutive 70F+ days, I have not updated the site. So here goes! The clear skies and 54F air temperature brought lots of early risers out to the lake on Saturday morning. The lakefront path was already crowded with fair weather runners, and the vicinity... Read More

02April2016_9

Swim Report – April 2, 2016 – In Like a Lion

The month of April had a rather ferocious start, essentially plummeting us back into winter for a couple of days. The air temperature was a very brisk 33F at 6:30am, and the cloud cover was more reminiscent of early March. So I wasn’t expecting to see much improvement... Read More

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The Weissmuller Pavilion: A New Chicago Park District Project for 2016

The L1 open water site is about to get swim lockers – and a whole lot more! One of the lesser known projects of Mayor Emanuel’s lakefront trail redevelopment plan involves a complete overhaul and redesign of the Chess Pavilion. Originally built in 1957, the iconic... Read More

26March2016_3

Swim Report – March 26, 2016 – Holy Saturday (and Happy Spring!)

My alarm didn’t ring this morning, so I had to hustle out to L1 whilst still in a sleepy haze. Luckily, I made it just in time for the sunrise! Mary Ellen and Louise were already out at the swim site, and Walter and Fred arrived a few minutes later. The lake was very... Read More

19March2016_1

Swim Report – March 19, 2016 – Last Winter Meetup!

I met up with Mikala, Mary Ellen, and Tim out at L1 this morning for our last winter swim of 2016. The lakefront was a bit more turbulent than last week, but the water temperature came in at a surprisingly tepid 42.4F – just what we were hoping for. So we donned whatever... Read More

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