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 1:07 AM.
Ohio Street Beach is sampled
Water Quality Graph:
About Ohio Street Beach
Ohio Street Beach is a unique beach in Chicago because it faces north. Most beaches in Chicago face east. There is a wheelchair accessible path to the beach and limited street parking. The beach is great for swimming and relaxing and offers long distance swimming parallel to the shoreline. Nearby, you will find Jane Addams Memorial Park, named for the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize and Pfc Milton Olive Park, named for the first African American Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War.
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).