Man dies after being pulled from Monroe Harbor: police

A 24-year-old man died after he was pulled Monday night from Monroe Harbor in Lake Michigan.

Two witnesses told investigators he jumped into the water about 9:15 p.m. near Monroe Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago police said. The man was pulled from the water by police and fire department divers.

He was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the man as Loyal Ware of West Town. An autopsy ruled his death an accident.

Three other people have drowned this year in Monroe Harbor.

--On Sept. 3, divers found the body of 32-year-old man in the water, days after he went into Lake Michigan from a boat.

--On Aug. 25, Carlton Hughes drowned in Monroe Harbor after going in the water near the Museum Campus. The 41-year-old Gresham resident died a day later at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

--On July 7, Ameera Muhammad, 24, of Bronzeville drowned after swimming in the harbor during bad weather, officials said.

In 2020, at least 50 people have drowned in Lake Michigan, according to the Great Lake Surf Rescue Project, which tracks drownings.