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Interpretive Digital Essay : Water in Chicago
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Houses and Water
Shoreline Development
Growing Up Along Water
Growing up along the Water

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Swimming in the Lakes and Streams

Swimmers at 99th Street Beach, Lake Michigan, 1905

The 99th Street Beach provided outdoor recreation for steel workers, longshoremen and other workers living in the Calumet Region. Before the Chicago Park District developed a line of public beaches along Lake Michigan, private beaches provided amenities, such as boardwalks and changing rooms, for a nominal charge. Seen here are children and adults together at the beach.

See also: East Side; Swimming; Waterfront

Swimming Lessons, 51st Street Beach, Lake Michigan, 1917

Organized swimming experiences included lessons such as this one for four girls at the 51st Street Beach in 1917.

See also: Hyde Park; Swimming; Waterfront

Tossing a Frisbee on Oak Street Beach

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