Extraordinarily High Waves Threaten Homes Along The Lakefront In Rogers Park

Mike Krauser
November 13, 2019 - 9:36 am
Some Rogers Park residents with apartments and homes along the lakefront are used to seeing powerful waves on Lake Michigan, but this week they’ve been extraordinary.

Stuart Meyer via CBS Chicago

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Some Rogers Park residents with apartments and homes along the lakefront are used to seeing powerful waves on Lake Michigan, but this week they’ve been extraordinary. 

It’s something you might expect to see in Florida, but it’s happening in Rogers Park - waves have been slamming into the walls of buildings. Some neighbors along Eastlake Terrace, just north of Howard Street, are wondering if it’s even safe to live there anymore.

The sound of the waves crashing onto the shore is soothing for some, but not Stuart Meyer, who lives right on the lake where the waves are chipping away at his home, piece by piece.

“There was a deck right in back of here,” Meyer said. “It had to be pulled down. I mean, it was hanging in shreds.”

Meyer told CBS 2 the deck was destroyed. The spray of the waves were going more than 20 feet high.

Meyer’s neighbors said they are all used to waves, but nothing like this.

“Never this high where they’re going over the roof of a building,” said Reva Meadows, who lives facing the deck that had to come down. “It’s horrifying – it’s nothing but waves and ice and destruction.”

Tara Sullivan, whose building also faces Meyer’s now-demolished deck, said she has actually had nightmares that "the waves came up and literally tore the back of the building off, and we all just washed away with it."

And it is not just homes that are affected. The beaches in Rogers Park are eroding from the water levels too. One small beach, Juneway Terrace Park, is completely gone. 

The city has installed barriers along large portions of the lakefront, but along this stretch in Rogers Park the apartments back right up to the water.