Biinaagami is a multimedia, change-provoking initiative rooted in Indigenous knowledges. Through ceremony, mapping, inclusive storytelling, augmented reality, experiential learning, community water hubs and ecosystem restoration, Biinaagami aims to rebuild just and healthy relations between wildlife, people and place in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence watershed.
Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
This status is based on the latest sample, take on September 4th, 2023
Swim Drink Fish Canada - Great Lakes Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as
test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide
on December 1st at 5:49 PM.
12th Street Beach is sampled
Water Quality Graph:
About 12th Street Beach
The 12th Street Beach is located just south of the heart of Chicago on the Northerly Island Peninsula, on the shore of Lake Michigan. The beach is host to great fishing and swimming and there is the opportunity to do distance swimming at the 12th Street Beach. There is a pay-to-park lot located at the beach. The beach has public washrooms and there is a wheelchair accessible walk at the beach.
Chicago Park District monitors beaches daily from end of May to September 5. When sample results are reported on the County's website, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper updates Swim Guide. Recreational public beaches in Illinois are tested at least once every week, typically from May to September. In popular beach areas such as Chicago, beaches are tested five times per week or even daily.
New to 2017, The Chicago Park District Department of Cultural and Natural Resources (DCNR) will be testing for Enterococci instead of culturing live E. coli bacteria cells. Doing so allows for quicker results: DCNR are able to get water quality results back within 3-4 hours instead of the typical 18-24 hours. DCNR then posts same day results for people to see. If a water sample exceeds 1000 CCE of Enterococci bacteria, the Chicago Park District will issue a swim advisory (indicated with a yellow flag).