Chicago Summers Are The Best
When I first moved to Chicago earlier this year, I was told the same thing over and over by numerous locals: “Chicago summers are the best!” It struck me as an odd comment, given that that there’s a summer everywhere, and the summers on the East Coast are pretty great too. But time and time again, this was a sentiment repeated to me by anyone and everyone who found out I was new to the city. I figured this had to be their way of coping with the cold and snowy winter; back in dreary March, it was pretty hard to envision what Chicago would be like in warmer weather. But now that I’ve experienced it? I am happy to report that Chicago summers really ARE the best!
We’ve had week after week of beautiful sunny weather, at just the right temperatures… not too hot, not too cold. I certainly did not miss the stifling heat and humidity that takes over much of the country during the month of July! In fact, there were even a few days earlier this week where the mornings were chilly enough to warrant a sweater. Sweaters in August… what a strange concept! With this perfect weather comes the opportunity to participate in all sorts of fun outdoor activities. And Chicagoans take full advantage of it! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people enjoying outdoor pursuits in a major city, as I have here in Chicago. On any given day, the parks are full of people walking their dogs, the beaches are full of families enjoying the lake, and there are countless runner and bikers all over the city. Everyone, it seems, wants to make the most of this ideal weather. Everyone, including me! Time flies when you’re having fun, and before I knew it, two whole months had passed since my last blog post. Oops! Call it a summer hiatus of sorts.
While I was away, I was experiencing all of the great things Chicago has to offer. There were many times when I thought “This would make a great post!” but was busy having too much fun to spend the time to write it up. And in my book, that’s a valid reason to skip a few posts. It hasn’t been all roses though. I am diving into an exciting, but challenging, new career. I’m also still searching for a more permanent place to live as my sublet comes to an end. And there’s also my less-than-stellar daily commute. But I’m figuring things out. After six months of staying put in one place (this has got to be a record for me!), I have some fun trips lined up for the fall, including a trip home to visit my family and friends in PA, a visit to my old stomping grounds in NYC, and possibly another international trip! It’s nice having things like that to look forward to.
So here’s to making the most of these precious last few days of summer. I promise you’ll be hearing more from me in the upcoming weeks!
Tell me, what did you do on your summer vacation?