It’s Aug. 31, the 243rd day of the year; 122 days remain in 2018. The National Weather Service reports that yesterday’s Lake Michigan temperatures were 73 at the Chicago shore, 54at the Chicago crib and 71 at the Wilmette buoy.


Greenwood Street and South Boulevard beaches will be closed for swimming between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. today.  Beaches will remain open for sand activities during these hours, and will be open for swimming from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Clark Street Beach will remain open for normal swimming hours; however, credit card payment for admission may not be available.

Lee Street, Clark Street and Lighthouse Beaches will be open for normal swimming hours, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today

All five public swimming beaches will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. throughout Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3.

Ago (from

1842: US Naval Observatory authorized by an act of Congress.

1910: Theodore Roosevelt makes a speech in Kansas advocating a ‘square deal’: property shall be ‘the servant and not the master of the commonwealth.’

1993: 50th Venice Film Festival: “Short Cuts” directed by Robert Altman and “Three Colors: Blue” directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski jointly awarded Golden Lion.