Chicago River Swim to be held in September after more than 100 years

Chicago River Swim to be held in September after more than 100 years

CHICAGO — Want to swim in the Chicago River? Here’s your chance!

For the first time in more than a century, an open-water swim is scheduled to be held in the Chicago River this fall after approval from the U.S. Coast Guard.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the organized event will take place on Sept. 22 and will raise money for ALS research. Organizers said the Chicago River will be closed to all boat traffic during the swim.

Five hundred participants are expected to take part and can opt for a one-mile or two-mile swim.

Applications for Chicago River Swim opened Tuesday, and 100 swimmers signed up on the first day alone. Participants will start at the Dearborn or Clark Street Bridge, and swim a looped course.

Swimmers must be able to verify their swimming experience and proficiency.

The Sun-Times reports that organizers have made plans to ensure water quality and safety leading up to the open-water event.

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