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.
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 November 30th at 6:48 AM.
Margaret Taylor-Burroughs Beach is sampled
Water Quality Graph:
About Margaret Taylor-Burroughs Beach
Chicago's Margaret Taylor-Burroughs Beach in a very important piece of Chicago's history.
This is the stretch of shoreline where Eugene Williams was killed 27 July 1919 by White beachgoers, indignant that he had crossed an invisible segregation line in the water. The Chicago Race Riot began here, between 25th and 29th Streets, in response to Williams' murder.
The beach was named after Margaret Taylor-Burroughs in 2015.
Margaret Taylor-Burroughs co-founded the DuSable Museum of African American History. She was an American visual artist, writer, poet, educator, and arts organizer. She also helped to establish the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago. Read about the beach's history here. https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks-facilities/margaret-t-burroughs-beach
Margaret T Burroughs Beach is part of Burnham Park. Burnham Park was named after the famous Chicago Architect Daniel Burnham, who had plans to turn Chicago's south shores into a beach and parkland. Today, the 31st Street Beach is home to great swimming and also includes amenities such as pay-and-display parking, wheelchair access walks and public washrooms.
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).