Tobey Prinz Beach

Chicago, Illinois

Named after the leader of Chicago's "Save the Beaches" campaign, Tobey Prinz Beach can be found just in front of Loyola Park on the Shore of Lake Michigan. The beach is located on the end of Pratt Boulevard, and was in fact known as Pratt Beach until its name was changed to commemorate the contributions Tobey Prinz made to preserving beaches and parkland in the area. It is accessible by car, with a limited number of parking spaces available close to the water, or by public transit on the 96, 147, or 155 bus routes.

The Chicago Park District manages and grooms beaches, including Tobey Prinz 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 Tobey Prinz 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 a nearby beach, Hartigan Beach, which is within 300-350 yards along the same shoreline. On the Chicago Park District website, the status, swim advisories and swim bans for Tobey Prinz Beach are posted online based on Hartigan Beach sample results. You can find these and other details on their webpage, at https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks-facilities/beaches.

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on May 28th, 2018. 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
8°C
Clear and sunny
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Tobey Prinz Beach 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

Tobey Prinz Beach

Chicago, Illinois

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on May 28th, 2018. 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
8°C
Clear and sunny

Named after the leader of Chicago's "Save the Beaches" campaign, Tobey Prinz Beach can be found just in front of Loyola Park on the Shore of Lake Michigan. The beach is located on the end of Pratt Boulevard, and was in fact known as Pratt Beach until its name was changed to commemorate the contributions Tobey Prinz made to preserving beaches and parkland in the area. It is accessible by car, with a limited number of parking spaces available close to the water, or by public transit on the 96, 147, or 155 bus routes.

The Chicago Park District manages and grooms beaches, including Tobey Prinz 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 Tobey Prinz 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 a nearby beach, Hartigan Beach, which is within 300-350 yards along the same shoreline. On the Chicago Park District website, the status, swim advisories and swim bans for Tobey Prinz Beach are posted online based on Hartigan Beach sample results. You can find these and other details on their webpage, at https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks-facilities/beaches.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Tobey Prinz Beach 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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