CHICAGO — The National Weather Service has warned Chicagoans to stay out of Lake Michigan through at least Thursday night.
The weather service issued a hazard statement in effect until 9 p.m. for Illinois and Indiana beaches that warns of high waves and dangerous swimming conditions, including strong rip currents that could pull swimmers out into deeper water.
"Dangerous pounding waves and life-threatening rip currents are expected at the beaches," the advisory stated.
As of Thursday morning, the Chicago Park District had issued swimming bans for Foster, Lane and Osterman beaches due to "hazardous surf." A few others, such as South Shore, Ohio Street and Hardigan beaches, are under swimming advisories for rough surf.