• If you are caught in a rip current, don't fight the current
  • Swim out of the current, then to shore
  • If you can't escape, float or tread water
  • If you need help, call or wave for assistance

Beach emergencies

Date Drownings at Glencoe Beach
6/21/2022 0
11/9/2022 0
5/31/2023 0
11/8/2023 0

This information is in compliance with IL HB 4164 Lake Michigan Rescue Equipment Act.

Facility Information

55 Hazel Avenue, Glencoe IL 60022
(847) 835-1185
June 10-September 4: 10 AM-7 PM
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Water Safety

To ensure a safe water experience for everyone, please follow these measures when visiting Glencoe Beach:

  • Respect the Flag, stay out of the water if the flag is red.
  • Don’t swim in non-swimming areas.  Look for signs that indicate “no swimming” and “no diving.”
  • Pay attention to the waves.  Avoid long shore and structural currents.
  • Keep your children safe.  Use a buddy system and stay near your kids when they’re in the water.
  • If you see someone in trouble, call for help (lifeguards or 911).
  • Know where you are on the lakefront.
  • Get a last-seen point so you can direct first-responders.

Glencoe Beach Rules
  • Swimming is allowed in designated swim areas only.
  •  Lifeguards are responsible for enforcing beach rules and providing rescue and first aid services. Follow all instructions by lifeguards.
  • Parents and guardians are responsible for the supervision of children. 
  • Admission to the beach is refused to all persons having any and all contagious diseases, infectious conditions such as COVID-19, colds, fever, ringworm, foot infections, skin lesions, inflamed eyes, or any other condition which has the appearance of being infectious. Persons with excessive sunburn and adhesive tape/bandages are not permitted.
  • A person under the influence of alcohol or exhibiting erratic behavior shall not be permitted in the beach area.
  • Glass and metal containers are prohibited throughout the lakefront area.
  • Alcohol, littering and smoking are not allowed. 
  • Personal conduct within the lakefront area must be such that safety is not jeopardized.
  • Swimming is prohibited after sunset or before sunrise, or when lightning is present, including the 30-minute period after the last lighting is observed.
  • Persons under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a person 16 years of age or older. No one should swim alone.
  • All children who are not toilet trained shall wear tight fitting rubber or plastic pants.
  • No diving or fishing.
  • Pets are not permitted May 15 through September 15.
  • Feeding of wildlife or other actions that encourage their presence is prohibited.
  • No fires, portable cookers or outside grills allowed.
  • Beach patrons are not allowed on lifeguard towers, chairs, buoys, etc.
  • Only Coast Guard approved flotation devices are allowed in the water.
  • No running, rough-housing, or throwing rocks/sand
  • Daily launches of personal kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are not allowed.