Welcome to OWC!

Open Water Chicago™ is an ecosystem of positive emotions. We offer fitness, fun, adventure, and growth to all levels of swimmers and athletes.

Swim Report – April 22, 2017 – Homecoming

The 50F+ lake temp brought out some Lake Monsters that we haven’t seen since the fall. And we all sure had a vigorous swim in the choppy lake! These earlier mornings can be deceiving. You time it so you can get out to the swim site by sunrise, but you find yourself stepping... Read More

Swim Report – April 8, 2017 – Great Awakening

A short swim report as this is our first really awesome weekend and I want to spend as much time outside as possible… In sum, the lake came in at a rather tepid 43.7F which means we are likely at the early stages of the Spring turnover. Given the lakefront advisories... Read More

(Real) Swim Report – April 1, 2017 – Happy April!

After a tempestuous beginning, Spring 2017 calmed down a bit on Saturday and finally gave us a great morning! Although the air was still a tad nippy at 38F, the lake came in at a wondrous 41.9F. Plus we had plenty of very intense sunshine that not only helped stave off the chill... Read More

(Non) Swim Report – April 1, 2017 – Danger Zone

A very short swim report as there is not much to tell. Despite the rumors of a nice morning, L1 was an unholy mess. And by unholy, I mean more than just some nasty waves! Suffice to say, we’re going to have to start changing the way we think about swimming where we... Read More

Swim Report – March 25, 2017 – Spring Swells

The transition to Spring is never a pretty process. Once the days lengthen beyond 12 hours and the lake temperature shatters the 40F ceiling, newly awakened forces unceremoniously dethrone Old Man Winter. But being the cranky sort, he tends to throw a juvenile tantrum in the... Read More

Swim Report – March 12, 2017 – March Freeze

The best thing about these late winter swims is when you first notice that the water on your exposed skin is no longer painful – only somewhat uncomfortable. This is a sure sign that Spring is within striking distance… Two of us met out at L1 at 7:00am where the... Read More

Get on the OWC Email List!