BIG SHOULDERS 2014 Has Sold Out!

As has been widely publicized, there are No Waitlists, No Deferrals, No Transfers,
and No Whining! 
The swims will be held on September 6, 2014 at Ohio Street Beach.

Click here to read full event details, sanction, schedule, awards, course map, and more.

Registration for next year will open on March 1, 2015.


BIG SHOULDERS is extremely sad to note the passing of our founder, Olympic gold medalist Bill Mulliken. Bill will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Bill was the steady hand that guided Chicago Masters for many years, and the genius who worked with Joe Pecoraro to bring Big Shoulders to reality. Most importantly, Bill was a great friend. We will miss you, Bill.


Click for Big Shoulders Merchandise
Logo Swimsuits by FINIS
Women's "Skinback" and "Openback" Styles
Men's Brief and Jammer
Logo Hoodies and T-Shirts
Water Bottles


Check it out! - Big Shoulders listed as one of the
7 Open Water Swims to do before you die!

BIG SHOULDERS has also been selected as the
2015 5K National Championship by US Masters Swimming!

Looking for other opportunities to swim open water?
Check out for events nationally.

LODGING - Big Shoulders has a block of rooms at the
Courtyard by Marriott Magnificent Mile.
To book your room call the Marriott reservations line
at  at (800) 321-2211 or call the hotel directly at (312) 573-0800
by the cut-off date, August 6th, 2014,
and request the Big Shoulders Rate.