Chicago Park District officials said they have begun a staggered closure of the city’s 37 indoor and outdoor public pools, with beaches to remain open through Labor Day.
According to a press release, pool closures have already begun and will continue in a staggered fashion until August 21.
Those interested in visiting the public pools before they close for the season are encouraged to visit the Park District website for up-to-date information on park hours and staffing capacity, which will dictate day-to-day operations. swimming pools.
The park’s indoor pools will reopen in the fall starting Sept. 6, city officials said. Aquagym and water polo lessons will begin the following week.
The city says the staggered closure is necessary because of staffing issues that have impacted pools across the country. As lifeguards, who are mostly in high school and college, begin to return to their classrooms, staff will be moved in to help keep pools open, according to the news release.
The city’s 21 beaches will remain open through Labor Day, with swimming available between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily.
Swimming conditions will be updated at 11 a.m. depending on weather and surf, and at 1:30 p.m. depending on water quality. A flag system is in place to keep beach patrons safe, with more information available on the city’s website.