Loyola Beach

Chicago, Illinois

Leone Beach is Chicago's largest beach and is named after the Chicago Park District employee, Sam Leone. This portion of the beach is located at Loyola Park and called Loyola Beach, offering many opportunities for great swimming and enjoying the outdoors. There is long distance swimming available that run parallel to the shoreline, and the beach has a wheelchair accessible walk. There is a pay-and-display parking lot at the park and there are public washrooms on site.

The Chicago Park District manages and grooms beaches, including Loyola Beach, on a daily basis. Beaches are open 6am to 11pm daily, but swimming is only permitted when lifeguards are on duty from 11am to 7pm each day.

While Loyola Beach is currently not monitored for water quality, the Chicago Park District Department of Cultural and Natural Resources does report water quality sample results from the very close by Leone Beach, which is within 200-250 yards along the same shoreline. On the Chicago Park District website, the status, swim advisories and swim bans for Loyola Beach are posted online based on Leone Beach sample results. You can find these and other details on their webpage, at https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks-facilities/beaches.

WATER QUALITY
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  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . 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 at
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CURRENT WEATHER
25°C
Clear and sunny
MONITORING FREQUENCY

is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

Chicago Park District monitors beaches daily from May 27 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.

In the USA, the Environmental Protection Agency has two sets of recommendations for freshwater and marine beaches. A single sample at a freshwater beach should not exceed 235 E. coli / 100 ml of water. A single sample at a marine beach should not exceed 104 Enterococci / 100 ml of water. The geometric mean of 5 samples from a freshwater beach should not exceed 126 E. coli / 100 ml of water. The geometric mean of 5 samples from a marine beach should not exceed 35 Enterococci / 100 ml of water. States may choose to use this standard or they may substitute a standard that is "as protective as" the EPA's recommendation. The Beach Act is the nation's primary beach protection law.

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Loyola Beach

Chicago, Illinois

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . 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 at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
25°C
Clear and sunny

Leone Beach is Chicago's largest beach and is named after the Chicago Park District employee, Sam Leone. This portion of the beach is located at Loyola Park and called Loyola Beach, offering many opportunities for great swimming and enjoying the outdoors. There is long distance swimming available that run parallel to the shoreline, and the beach has a wheelchair accessible walk. There is a pay-and-display parking lot at the park and there are public washrooms on site.

The Chicago Park District manages and grooms beaches, including Loyola Beach, on a daily basis. Beaches are open 6am to 11pm daily, but swimming is only permitted when lifeguards are on duty from 11am to 7pm each day.

While Loyola Beach is currently not monitored for water quality, the Chicago Park District Department of Cultural and Natural Resources does report water quality sample results from the very close by Leone Beach, which is within 200-250 yards along the same shoreline. On the Chicago Park District website, the status, swim advisories and swim bans for Loyola Beach are posted online based on Leone Beach sample results. You can find these and other details on their webpage, at https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks-facilities/beaches.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

Chicago Park District monitors beaches daily from May 27 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.

In the USA, the Environmental Protection Agency has two sets of recommendations for freshwater and marine beaches. A single sample at a freshwater beach should not exceed 235 E. coli / 100 ml of water. A single sample at a marine beach should not exceed 104 Enterococci / 100 ml of water. The geometric mean of 5 samples from a freshwater beach should not exceed 126 E. coli / 100 ml of water. The geometric mean of 5 samples from a marine beach should not exceed 35 Enterococci / 100 ml of water. States may choose to use this standard or they may substitute a standard that is "as protective as" the EPA's recommendation. The Beach Act is the nation's primary beach protection law.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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