Just Keep Swimming

Appears in the September 2022 issue.

Not only does September bring with it the joy-killing tandem of back-to-school and the end of carefree summer days, but it’s also when community pools shut down for the season—despite the usual persistence of warm weather throughout the month. The answer to this annual conundrum may be Swimply (swimply.com), the self-professed “Airbnb of Pools” that lets users book a local private pool/backyard/spa by the hour (prices vary widely but average around $50 an hour). Among the more than 10,000 pools currently available on the platform are several nearby options in North Aurora, St. Charles, and Lemont. —M. L.