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Chicago Breaks ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.7
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.5
Crowds: 4.3

Overall: 3.3

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Chicago Breaks Spot ID

Surf default break image

Type: beach/Jetty

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell NNE | Wind SW

Sea Temperature Today is: 7.3 °C

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 17:14 Local time
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Wave (m) -
Period (s) - - - -
Wind (km/h) 25
SSW 25
SSW 20
SW 15
Wind State off off off off

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Chicago Breaks in Lake Michigan is an exposed beach/Jetty break that has quite consistent surf. The surf tends to be optimum in the spring. Works best in offshore winds from the southwest. Short period wind swells are the rule and the ideal wave angle is from the north northeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. It's sometimes crowded here. Watch out for rocks.

Global-Atlantic wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Chain Bridge, DC, 939 km from Chicago Breaks.

IS AT (local time)

Chicago Breaks Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At BUOY-CMTI2, 4 km from Chicago Breaks.

moderate winds from the SE

Air temperature
-5.0 °C

Current weather near Chicago Breaks

Buoy Data:

At Wilmette Buoy, 27 miles from Chicago Breaks.

  12PM 1PM 2PM 3PM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 0.9
Dominant period (s) 4 4 4 5

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Chicago Breaks Location Maps

Chicago Breaks Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Chicago Breaks:

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Wave buoys nearest to Chicago Breaks:

Tide stations nearest to Chicago Breaks:

  • Closest tide station
    Chain Bridge
    584 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    584 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    Chain Bridge, one miles below
    585 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    585 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    Fredericksburg, Rappahannock River
    585 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Chicago Breaks is Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) in USA, 16 km (10 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Chicago Breaks is Chicago Ohare International Airport (ORD), also in USA, 37 km (23 miles) away.
  • Third is Du Page (West Chicago) Airport (DPA) in USA, 59 km (37 miles) away.
  • Waukegan Rgnl (Chicago) Airport (UGN) in USA is 77 km (48 miles) away.
  • Greater Kankakee Airport (IKK), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Chicago Breaks and is 81 km (50 miles) away.
Chicago Breaks break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Chicago Breaks, Lake Michigan. Use the tab navigation above to view Chicago Breaks sea temperature, Chicago Breaks photographs, Chicago Breaks detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Chicago Breaks webcams, current wind from Lake Michigan live weather stations and Chicago Breaks tide predictions. The United States swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United States and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from United States wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Chicago Breaks.