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Chicago Breaks Surf Guide

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.

Chicago Breaks Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
20.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Chicago Breaks:

The best conditions reported for surf at Chicago Breaks occur when a North-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

Explore Chicago Breaks Location Map

Interactive Chicago Breaks surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. 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.

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Chicago Breaks Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 26 September 2022, 11:27 Local Time
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Swell History at Chicago Breaks

Surf stats for Chicago Breaks, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Chicago Breaks

Wind stats for Chicago Breaks, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Chicago Breaks. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s22.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    11km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s32.9
    Reliability: inconsistent
    49km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s44.1
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    97km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    122km away
    • Icon beachBeach/pier
    • Icon  s43.9
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    127km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Chicago Breaks: