Man drowns near South Side harbor

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A man died while going for a late-night swim in Lake Michigan.

Chicago Police say the man, 27, jumped in and started swimming toward a dock near 59th Street Harbor just before 11 p.m. Friday. He made it about halfway there before he went under and did not come back up.

His body was pulled from the water about a half hour later.

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  • Why is the lake front so accessible at night?

    What I do not understand is how and why the lake front is not strictly enforced when the parks close at dusk?
    First I am well aware how big the cities lake front is.
    Still that does not give Chicago or any other municipality a pass on proper safety and enforcement procedures. Chicago makes millions of dollars annually off the revenue from the lakefront, it’s parking, Navy Pier, boat slips and so on.
    This is another tragic reminder almost monthly how people are allowed to access these areas when they just simply should’nt be there.
    Another tragedy that possibly could be avoided.
    I would guess if should legal action follow, Chicago would enter into argument that the signs posted state the parks are closed at dark.