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 2nd at 3:37 AM.
North Ave Beach is sampled
Water Quality Graph:
About North Ave Beach
North Avenue Beach is a popular and busy attraction in Chicago. The large beach offers different rentals, including bikes and volleyball equipment. There is a lake shore path that is often busy with walkers, bikers and roller-bladers. There is an outdoor roller hockey rink and fitness center on site. As well, the famous beach house offers food, shopping and public washrooms. There is a pay parking lot and long distance swimming available.
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).