Chicago Park District may open five beaches for surfing

Check out the article in today’s Sun Times. It looks like Vince Deur’s efforts to expand beach access to non-motorized sports are starting to bear fruit. So far the Chicago Park District has agreed to consider the possibility of allowing offseason surfing at areas such as Montrose Beach, Rainbow Beach, and 57th Street Beach. Year-round surfing would be allowed at 41st Street Beach.

Per Deur:

” “We are taking baby steps in the process and hope to get more beaches in the future…Now that we have a toe in the water, so to speak, we want to do it right and keep a good thing going…Surfing is not a crime.”

And neither is swimming!

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  1. Atheop
    May 18, 2009

    Hi–If I only have a shoulderless/knee length wetsuit, am I tripping to think I can swim already?
    Even if I’m cold tolerant, I’d prefer not to die. lol

    • srhernan
      May 18, 2009

      I’d say give it a shot. I’m predicting we’ll be swimming in 55F+ water by the weekend. Also, you don’t have to swim a lot if you come out. You could always just do a test immersion to test your tolerance.

  2. diver dave
    May 14, 2009

    ONCE AGAIN THE WIMPS IN CITY HALL DO NOT KNOW WEATHER TO SHIT OR GO BLIND….THEY HAVE TO TALK TO THE FBI,CIA,HOMELAND SECURITY AND POOR QUALITY LIFEGUARDS AND FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN SPELL SURFING AND BE ABLE TO PAINT IT ON A SIGN…AND MAYBE THIS YEAR OR NEXT YEAR OR NEVER THEY MAY ALLOW OR NOT ALLOW SURFING IN CHICAGO……… I WILL BE DEAD BEFORE THEY CAN MAKE A DECISION.


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