Chicago beaches are open for the season

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CHICAGO – JULY 30: Beach goers play in the water at North Avenue Beach July 30, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) beaches in Illinois have the highest number of water samples exceeding safe bacterial levels in the nation. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) summer beach lake michigan lakeshore […]

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CHICAGO — All 27 beaches in Chicago opened Friday morning with active lifeguards on duty.

The Chicago Fire Department will be on location to offer safety tips and warn against cold water temperatures.

The water temperature is currently in the 50s. There is no beach advisory issued from the Chicago Park District.

Each morning, the park district conducts tests for E. coli.

E. coli levels have dropped at nearly every beach along Lake Michigan, including those in Chicago, according to a study by Michigan State University. Researchers attribute the decrease to a quagga mussel, which helps filter bacteria from the water.

To keep track of beach openings and closings, visit the park district website.

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