Chicago beaches get free Wi-Fi

Francois Van Der Merue, a South African tourist visiting Chicago, reads a book on the beach along Lake Michigan [FILE]. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

July 19, 2013 3:24:11 AM PDT
Finish your summer read? Download a new book- at the beach. Several Chicago beaches are now offering free, high-speed wireless to visitors.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Park District said starting Friday, July 19, 2013, free Wi-Fi is available at North Avenue, Osterman/Hollywood, Montrose, Foster and Rainbow beaches.

The city says free wireless will also be made available at other outdoor locations -- like parks, beaches and public plazas-- soon.

"In the coming months, we will build off of this initiative and the free wi-fi offered in Millennium Park by extending free wi-fi services to additional parks and public spaces throughout Chicago," Emanuel said in a statement.

The free wireless is possible through Everywhere Wireless, Cisco and the Chicago Park District.