Lake Michigan's serious swim spots
Olive Park Beach (aka Ohio Street Beach), 12th Street Beach, and 57th Street Beach all offer ideal training spaces for triathletes to swim freely (in dedicated lanes) without crashing into the flocks of humans just bumming around in the water on a hot day. The 57th Street Beach provides an area for deep-water swimming near Promontory Point; just give the lifeguards a friendly heads-up first. Meet up with a community like Open Water Chicago to mingle with fellow outdoor swimming, fitness, and endurance-sports enthusiasts as you reach lake milestones together.
Those craving a high-intensity boot camp that'll zone in on strength, balance, flexibility, and endurance all at once can head to Ohio Street Beach for the Ultimate Beach Body Makeover. We'll be watching from the bar.