Mayor Emanuel Announces Free Wi-Fi at Five Chicago Beaches

  • Cisco
  • Everywhere Wireless
CHICAGO - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Park District announced today that five city beaches will now offer free Wi-Fi to visitors. Starting today, beachgoers will be 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 Mayor 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 Mayor Rahm 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.”

Cisco/Everywhere Wireless Partnership
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 nearby the selected beaches.

For the initial season, Everywhere Wireless provided the design at each location, Internet connectivity, backhaul equipment and setup. Cisco provided the wireless access points and cloud management services. The Chicago Park District is providing power, electrical work and infrastructure. Coverage will extend around the buildings and concession areas.

Everywhere Wireless will cover the cost for this pilot program with the exception of power lines, which is covered by the District. Depending upon the success of the pilot, the Chicago Park District and Everywhere Wireless will consider continuing at the current locations and/or expanding to the other beaches. Everywhere Wireless will pursue sponsorship to cover the cost of future expansion.


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