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Part of the acre Rainbow Park, this South Side beach is adjacent to to the Park District Board of Commissioners—features amazing views. Friends of the Parks says the Chicago Park District is investing more money in North Side parks than South and West side Big Marsh Trail wins 'Meet Me At The Park' contest Swim bans, advisories in effect Monday at Chicago beaches. Elmhurst Gymnastics Center has entered 8 teams of gymnasts and 3 teams of coaches in this one of a kind meet. Spectator admission is free come out and .
A beach is the area of unconsolidated material sand, gravel, pebbles and possibly cobbleseither naturally occurring or artificially placed, that has an upper limit either along the line of permanent vegetation or along the lakeward edge of any coastal structure such as a revetment, bulkhead, breakwater, groin or sidewalk, and a lower limit below water where sand persists across the lake bottom and calm-water depths are no greater than six feet. This definition of a beach does not rely on whether or not swimming is permissible.
Excluding the element of "swimming" from the definition avoids the complication of the seasonal aspect of swimming and recognizes that along some public beaches, for safety reasons, swimming may not be allowed. The depth limit of six feet relates to this commonly being the shallowest depth contour shown on nautical charts six feet is equivalent to one fathom.
The six-foot depth is also the extreme limit to which a very tall person might be able to wade in calm water. This definition of a beach makes no reference to lake-level elevation. Because the lake level of Lake Michigan is continually in flux, this beach definition means that the width of the beach will vary with changing lake level.
Times of higher lake levels will result in narrower beaches; times of lower lake levels will result in wider beaches. This definition also recognizes that some beaches along the Illinois coast, in part or in whole, may exist due to the artificial placement of sand to nourish or create the beach.
No distinction is made between artificial engineered and "natural" beaches. Because of the abundance of shore protection along the Illinois coast, beaches are not a ubiquitous coastal feature. Some sections of shore may have no beach such as where the lake water directly intercepts a breakwater, bulkhead or revetment and the local shoreline occurs along the structure. Public beaches are those beach areas that satisfy the above definition and that are owned by a municipal, county, state or federal government.
Although public beaches along the Illinois coast typically allow public access, this does not necessarily mean unrestricted public access. For example, there are permit requirements for access to the southern beach in the South Unit of Illinois Beach State Park as a means to manage human impact in this area of designated nature preserve.
In addition, many of the municipal beaches along the North Shore require beach passes, tokens, parking passes or other access controls as a means to manage the beach areas specifically for municipal residents or those from other municipalities willing to pay for the use privilege. Distinction Between Public and Private Beaches Public beaches along the Illinois coast are owned by government agencies. In contrast, private beaches along the Illinois coast are owned by riparian owners.
According to Illinois Supreme Court case law Brundage v. Knox,along the sections of Illinois coast having riparian ownership, the boundary between public and private ownership is the still-water shoreline. As the lake level fluctuates and the still-water shoreline shifts landward or lakeward, the boundary line shifts accordingly.
The submerged part of the beach—the sandy lake bottom lakeward from the still-water shoreline—always remains in public ownership. If there is a beach accretion of sand or gravel by natural or artificial means for which the riparian owner is not responsible, that accreted above-water beach area belongs to the riparian owner. The case law does not grant private ownership of any beach area resulting from the entrapment or retention of sand caused by the construction of any type of shore structure.
Because of a long history of constructing numerous private groins along the North Shore, there are many such areas of accreted beach. Along these beaches, it is not always possible to determine where the correct boundary line is between private and public ownership. However, any beach area that is artificially accreted beach is legally public. This is particularly the case along the Chicago and Evanston shore where stepped revetments Chicago or rubble-mound revetments Evanston extend along the shoreline of much of the lakeshore parks and there is no beach adjacent to these structures.
The result is that the Illinois coast has a much greater extent of lakeshore parkland and public space than it does extent of public beach. The most extensive reach of continuous public beach is six miles along the shore of the North and South Units of Illinois Beach State Park. The only public beaches along the Illinois coast under county management occur at Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, which is land that was the former U.
The only federal management of beach area occurs at Great Lakes Naval Training Center where beach area is accessible for base personnel but is not accessible to the general public. The majority of public beaches 33 named beaches are along the Chicago lakeshore. Evanston has a total of sixWinnetka has fourand Highland Park has four. Both Lake Forest and Wilmette each have two. The three municipalities of Winthrop Harbor, Beach Park and Highwood have no municipal beaches along the lakeshore.
In contrast, the municipal beaches of the North Shore communities Lake Bluff to Evanston have varied means of managing beach access. A user fee is a common management tool requiring the purchase of a day or season pass or token that permits beach use. There is a differential in fee rates for municipal residents and non-residents. Both the City of Waukegan and the City of Lake Forest do not require purchase of beach passes, but both manage access to beach areas by means of parking restrictions.
The beach user fees are a long-standing practice for the North Shore municipalities. The fees provide revenue for staff costs, repairs and maintenance as well as assuring preference for municipal beach use to municipal residents who support these beaches through local taxing. Evanston is notable in having an agreement with the neighboring inland municipality of Skokie allowing Skokie residents to purchase Evanston beach tokens and passes at the resident rate.
State-Managed Coastal Zone Parks and Recreation Areas Two state-owned and state-managed parkland areas occur within the boundaries of the Illinois coastal zone. These are located at the north and south extremes of the coastal zone. These two locations comprise a total of acres. The state park and marina together comprise what is known as the Bill Cullerton Complex.
Both the state park and marina are managed by the IDNR. This recreation area, totally within the corporate limits of Chicago, includes a total of acres of which acres are open-water area and acres are land marginal to the lake.
This is a popular picnic and fishing site. General Beach Access Resources Maps and additional information on beaches along inland waterways and lakes can be found here. The Illinois coast can be roughly divided into five segments that have different aspects related to public access. The park and marina are state-owned shoreline and there is generally unrestricted public access along the shore.
The park is divided into a North Unit and South Unit. Beach access walking between the units is prohibited because this would require walking along a security-restricted beach fronting the decommissioned Zion Nuclear Power Plant. In the South Unit of the state park, access along the shore south of Dead River is by permit only because this area is a designated nature preserve.
South of the state park, public access to the shore is available along the city of Waukegan and city of North Chicago public beaches. South of North Chicago is the lakeshore at the U. No public access is allowed along this shoreline.
However, the beaches and marina here are available for use by uniformed and non-uniformed personnel associated with the base.
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The restricted public access is mainly a logistical issue caused by the dominance of private property and the lack of public easements or right of way going down a coastal bluff to the shore. Public access to the lakeshore occurs at the one or more public lakeshore parks and beaches that each of the municipalities maintains.
The beach use at these facilities is generally restricted for use by municipal residents either by requiring some type of seasonal beach-access token, beach pass, or beach-parking permit. Each municipality establishes its own rules and guidelines for beach access. Some of the municipalities have agreements with neighboring inland municipalities to allow these non-residents to purchase beach access.
From Evanston south to the Indiana state line is the Chicago shoreline. A symbolic shoreline length for the city shoreline is 30 miles. Other shorter lengths are sometimes reported because of the complexity of the shoreline crenulations, promontories, lagoons and small-boat harbors resulting in different methods in measuring the shoreline distance.
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The history of the Chicago lakefront involves more than a century of sustained efforts to maximize public access to the shoreline along lakefront parks and beaches. Today all but four miles of the city lakeshore has public access. An effort underway by the Chicago-based Friends of the Parks FOTP is promoting what is called the The Last Four Miles Project which is considering options for providing public shoreline access along this last non-public segment. For all the beaches and park shoreline in Chicago, there is unrestricted public access for residents and non-residents.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has a Website which identifies 14 outdoor swimming facilitiesseven of which are beaches.
For each site, detailed information is provided, including directions, a site map, and a list of facilities and designated site activities. Providing parks and open space systems that are resource-compatible and serve the needs of all citizens is the ultimate goal.
The Chicago lakefront is a string of parkland that extends along nearly all of the city's mile shoreline. Public access along the water's edge is provided by the Chicago lakefront bike path and by stepped revetments that extend along the water's edge. Here's information about the 27 lakefront beaches managed by the Chicago Park District. There is also a Lakefront Trail Map that shows all of the beaches and support facilities. You may select or deselect a particular state as well. Note that each colored line represents an individual pass of an airplane.
Once you select a spot along the line, a window pane on the right will appear showing you the image of that exact spot on the map. Double clicking the image will enlarge it and offer metadata.
If you scroll up and down and select different images in the right-hand window pane, your camera icon on the satellite map will move along with your picture change.
Beach Attendance Records Information on beach attendance in Illinois was not readily available. Economic Evaluation of Beaches Researchers from the University of Chicago performed an economic study of the the value of a day at the beach in Using the results from a survey of Chicago beach goers in the summer ofthis study provides information on beach use, including a description of visitors and their preferences for beach and lake front amenities.
An economic model of the demand for beach trips was used to calculate of the value of spending a day at the beach, the seasonal value for Chicago beaches, and the lost value associated with swim bans. Additionally, non-market valuation was employed to compute beach goers willingness to pay to reduce swim bans by 50 percent. A comparison of valuation techniques shows the various sources of value for Chicago beaches, including use value from swimming, non-use value from knowing the beaches and water are clean, and the values associated with preserving the beaches for future generations.
An analysis of jobs in the Great Lakes region by Michigan Sea Grant published in shows that the Lakes are key to the economy of the Great Lakes states in many ways. For the complete analysis, see: In OCM released Introduction to Economics for Coastal Managersa basic introduction to economic ideas and methods that can be applied to coastal resource management.
The economic concepts provided in this introduction are illustrated through several case studies. The following two websites provide information on the economic value of coasts and the ocean throughout the country. The National Ocean Economics Program NOEP provides a full range of the most current economic and socio-economic information available on changes and trends along the U.
You can download data on jobs and GDP associated with specific types of coastal activities for each coastal state. You also can download data on commercial fishing and landings. The largest database in the world of studies documenting the environmental and recreational values of ocean resources, the website now includes 1 an updated methodologies section, 2 frequently asked questions, 3 examples of how Non-Market valuation influences public policy, and 4 an expanded table summarizing valuation estimates from across the United States.
Ocean and Coastal Economies -which points out that there is an imbalance between the economic importance of coasts and coastal oceans and the federal support for stewardship of these resources. More on this here.
A docent program run by the Chicago Park District and Lincoln Park Conservancy provides free tours of the Conservatory and its outdoor gardens from p. The Lily Pool is open seasonally from mid-April to mid-November from 7: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum First established in as the Chicago Academy of Sciences and now occupying its new facility sinceas the Nature Museum, this museum descends from the Park District's first museum in the parks.
The museum's exhibits include displays about the ecological history of the Illinois region, a live butterfly house, and a green home demonstration. The museum also offers educational programs for adults and children.
Perhaps among its most well-known possessions are Abraham Lincoln 's deathbed and several furniture pieces from the room where he died in the Petersen House in Washington, D. In addition to the exhibits, the museum continues to house an extensive research library which includes books and other published materials, manuscripts, paintings, sculptures, and photos.
Facilities[ edit ] Lincoln Park runs from north to south through five Chicago community areas: The Park contains playgrounds ; tennis and basketball courts, boating facilities; beaches ; field and beach houses; running and bike paths; playing fields and pitches for footballrugbybaseballsoftballcricket, soccervolleyballarchery; a golf course ; a driving range; and areas for horseback riding. Further south, inland of Lakeshore Drive, is a driving range and miniature golf course. Boating[ edit ] There are three harbors in the Park providing marina and docking facilities for boaters: Diversey Harbor has moorings and the Diversey Yacht Club provides a fueling dock.
It is popular with cyclists and joggers.