Ohio Street Beach | Multiple Dates Chicago, IL 60611 US Directions
Current Capacity: 60%

Session #3: July 26

Choose from: Open Water Swim Clinic, Competitive Aquathlon, or Swim On Your Own
Current Capacity: 33%

Session #4: Aug 23

Choose from: Open Water Swim Clinic, Competitive Aquathlon, or Swim On Your Own
Registered for June 28?

The June 28 session is now sold out. If you're enrolled in this session, start preparing for your event with these action items:

   ☑  Watch for a Confirmation Email: A pre-event email will arrive on Friday, June 24 confirming start times and full details.
   ☑  Secure Your Parking: If you plan to drive use SpotHero. Parking near the beach is tight, and the best rates go quickly.
   ☑  Dial-In a Wetsuit Plan: Urban Tri Gear will offer limited wetsuit rentals for $25, but we encourage you to secure your own for the full season.
   ☑  Gather Your Gear: Don't wait, start collecting your gear now (swim suit, goggles, wetsuit, a small towel, and warm post-swim clothing). 
        Need goggles? Check out THEMAGIC5 and save 25% w/ code OWSC25
   ☑  Arrive Early: Give yourself plenty of time to arrive, check-in, and get prepped for your session (at least 30 minutes early).
   ☑  Stick Around: Afterward, join us at Caffé Oliva on the beach for great camaraderie and a complimentary Truly or SeaQuench Ale!


This program was launched in 2012 to help new triathletes experience open water swimming in a safe, non-intimidating environment. These events provide participants with expert coaching, gear check, wetsuit rental opportunities, life guard support and post-event socials with fellow participants and coaches. Since inception, more than 13,000 participants have directly enhanced their swim abilities from these clinics.

While we're best known for developing aspiring adults, OWS Chicago also serves experienced triathletes looking to refresh their skills and/or push themselves with fellow enthusiasts. Veterans often enroll in the Swim-On-Your-Own or Competitive Aquathlon options. Full details can be found here.

Registration is now open for a nominal $20 fee. Event capacity is limited to 150 participants per session, many of which will sell-out. Participants must be 18 years or older. Due to capacity restrictions, there are no-refunds or transfers allowed. Participants must be able to tread water on their own, comfortably place their face under the surface, and maintain some level of forward propulsion to enroll.

View prior event photos and watch for event updates on our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you at Ohio Street Beach!

Ohio Street Beach
600 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL US 60611
Event Options

This event series features three ways to participate:

  1. Open Water Swim Clinic: Private swim instruction for beginner, intermediate or advanced-level swimmers who are looking for open water tips and techniques. Swimmers are placed into groups of 12-15 individuals with similar experience levels and goals. Coaches will facilitate a 45-minute, in-water session. Participants choose from three start times.
  2. Swim-On-Your-Own: This option is for those participants who prefer to utilize the event services (gear check, wetsuit rental, etc) but swim independently. Swim-On-Your-Own participants have the option to start in a timed swim, or just do their own thing. Due to limited space, these registrants will check-in and start at specific times.
  3. Competitive Aquathlon (Swim + Run): Participants looking to test their endurance against others will start alongside fellow athletes. Swimmers will complete a 750m or 1500m swim (their choice) followed by a 3.1 mile (5k) run along the lakefront. Staff will manually record splits, posting results following the event. Overall performing female and male finishers in the 1500m swim distance will earn prizes!
Start Times & Series Dates

Participants may register for each of the four dates independently or all at once. During the registration process, Swim Clinic and Swim-On-Your-Own participants must select from one of three start times:

  • 4:00 PM
  • 5:15 PM
  • 6:30 PM

Participants will convene on the beach for a quick briefing before starting their sessions. Aquathlon participants begin together at 6:00 PM. 

To review full participant details, please click here.

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