The waters of North Avenue Beach. (Alex Garcia/Chicago Tribune )
Forget work from home. Why not work from the beach?
Pack your towel and laptop because Chicagoans can get free high-speed Wi-Fi at five city beaches: North Avenue, Osterman/Hollywood, Montrose, Foster and Rainbow beaches.
Although distance will vary, Wi-Fi connectivity is available at maximum distance of 1,000 feet from beach houses and concessions stands, the Chicago Park District said.
The five beaches have existing infrastructure that accommodates Wi-Fi connectivity under the pilot program which runs through October. The park district and Everywhere Wireless will consider continuing and expanding the Wi-Fi program depending on its success.
The connectivity is being provided by placing wireless infrastructure on existing buildings, including condo and apartment buildings nearby the selected beaches, according to the news release issued last week.
Everywhere Wireless and Cisco are investing $70,000 into the program, the park district said. Everywhere Wireless provided the design at each location, Internet connectivity, equipment and setup. Cisco provided the wireless access points and cloud management services. The park district is providing access to power, existing infrastructure and any related work performed by park electricians.
"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," Mayor Emanuel said in the release.
"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."
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