Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Park District recently announced that five city beaches will now offer free wi-fi to visitors.
As of July 19 beach goers were able to access free high-speed wi-fi at North Avenue, Osterman/Hollywood, Montrose, Foster and Rainbow beaches. The new networks at these five beaches are part of Emanuel’s overall commitment to extend free wi-fi to parks, beaches, and public plazas across Chicago.
“I am committed to making Chicago one of the most connected cities in the world by expanding access to high speed internet in people’s homes, businesses and in public spaces,” said Emanuel. “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.”
Through a partnership with Cisco and Everywhere Wireless which began in May, the Chicago Park District identified five beach locations with existing infrastructure that accommodates Wi-Fi connectivity. The connectivity is being provided by placing wireless infrastructure on existing buildings, including condo and apartment buildings