Weekly Open Water Swims

Come swim at Ohio Street beach with us and get accustomed to Mother Nature's sense of humor. All levels of experience are welcome.


Saturdays, June 3rd - August 19th
Wetsuit rental & free advice from 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
If you want to enter the water with friends, plan to get in at 8:15am.
How to get there
By bike: Ride along the Lake Front Trail and Ohio Street Beach will be just north of Navy Pier.
Driving & parking: Parking on Ohio St and Ontario St is metered parking and fairly available in the morning. On Ohio Street there is a walkway under Lake Shore Drive that brings you right to the beach. (this area is underconstruction so be cautious of potential closures.)

What to bring
A towel, goggles, swimsuit and your wetsuit, if you have one. We will have a place for bags, towls, shoes, etc. but don't guarantee their security so please leave valuables at home. Lockers are available at the beach on a first come first serve basis and are typically full. MAKE SURE TO BRING A LOCK FOR YOUR BIKE.
Want to rent a wetsuit
We will be renting wetsuits on a first come first serve basis from 7:30am-9:30am (last suit goes out at 9am). Wetsuit rentals cost $10 and you can learn more here.
What else you need to know
Safety is our main concern. We always follow the Chicago Park District's guidelinesand will make judgement calls about the safety of swimming by 5:30am Saturday morning. Closures to swimming in Lake Michigan and OWS cancellations will be posted on the Live Grit Facebook accounts and this page.