Chicago's lakefront parks and beaches always come to mind as being among the best ways to spend summer in the city, but in case you forgot, Humboldt Park is home to the city's only inland beach and swimming lagoon. Unfortunately, the beach closed last season, much to the dismay of many residents. This summer, though, Humboldt Park’s beach is reopening in July with a handful of changes, according to the Chicago Park District.
The plan includes a swimming beach and natural lagoon area within the old layout. A new pathway will connect the beach to the northwest side of the field house, and greenery will be planted near the water’s edge. The swimming lagoon and beach will mirror the rest of Humboldt Park’s prairie-style landscape design.
The plan also outlines a new 10-foot-deep cold water pocket and bubbler, which will improve water circulation and prevent bacteria without the use of chemicals. Prior to the beach’s closing, frequent swim advisories were issued due to high bacteria levels. The Chicago Park District often had to replace stagnant, bacteria-breeding water, which racked up $1 million in annual costs to maintain the park.
Money saved from last year's closure will help pay for the upgrades, the Chicago Park District says. Right now, bids are being reviewed, and construction is expected to begin soon. Let's hope July will bring back one of Chicago's favorite summer spots, new and improved.