Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Safely Enjoy North Shore Beaches This Summer!

With Memorial Day weekend behind us, it seems the season of swimming and boating along the Chicago North Shore is underway!  Living along the North Shore with beautiful views of Lake Michigan is what draws many to buy a home in the north of Chicago area.  Those living in Winnetka, Deerfield, Highland Park, Glencoe and Northbrook enjoy the ideal location between a vibrant metropolitan environment and lake living. 
Now that many of the North Shore beaches are open, it’s important to keep in mind basic safety tips to ensure you have an enjoyable summer on the lake!  Before you head out for your next swim or chance to relax along the sandy shores; take a few minutes to review the following safety guidelines.
• Always wear sunscreen!  Even with clouds overhead and late afternoon sun, your skin will still be exposed to harmful UV rays; be sure to protect your skin.

• Make sure everyone in your boat can swim, and if not, that floating devices are used and there is someone watching that person at all times.

• Never swim alone! Even the most experienced swimmers can experience fatigue, or an injury that will make it hard to swim

• Always watch children who are anywhere near water! The most accidents happen when children are wading in shallow water, so always make sure they’re supervised!

• Be sure to swim only in designated swimming areas.

• Look before you leap! Never dive into water unless you know that it’s deep enough to do so. Always keep your hands above your head when diving to ensure safety.

• Never mix swimming or boating with alcohol.

Now that you’ve reviewed these important safety tips, I thought I’d point out a few of the North Shore beaches where you can enjoy the beautiful summer season! 

Elder Lane Beach
Elder Lane & Sheridan Road, Winnetka
Amenities include: swimming beach, beach house with restrooms, playground and off-street parking. Daily admission and season passes are available.
Lloyd Beach Sailing Center and Boat Launch
Lloyd Place & Sheridan Road, Winnetka

Lloyd Beach is home of Winnetka Park District's junior sailing program, a public boat launch for power and sailboats up to 24' and small boat storage for kayaks, canoes, Sunfish, Lasers and similar sized boats. The boat launch allows patrons to purchase a daily fee or season pass for the launching of boats. Personal Watercraft are launched by season-pass only, no daily fees.
Maple Street Beach
Fuller Lane & Sheridan Road, Winnetka
Amenities include: swimming beach, beach house with restroom, and off street parking. Daily admission and season passes are available.

Tower Road Beach
Tower Road & Sheridan Road, Winnetka
Amenities include: swimming beach, beach house equipped with restroom, showers, vending machines, concessions, sand volleyball court, playground, wet sand play area complete with spray pole, boardwalk extending from parking lot to beach house, two parking lots, walkway from top of bluff to beach and picnic shelter at the top of bluff. Daily admission and season passes are available.

Whether you currently live on Chicago’s North Shore or will be visiting the area this summer; I hope you are able to enjoy our beautiful beaches safely!  As a North Shore Real Estate agent, one of my goals is to not just help people find their ideal North Shore home, but to help them discover the unique North Shore lifestyle.
If you have questions about living on the North Shore or are interested in seeing some of the stunning homes currently on the North Shore Real Estate market; please let me know!  I would be happy to show you around and answer any questions you may have.
I look forward to hearing from you!

Janie Bress
Your North Shore Real Estate Expert

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