The lakefront did not seem to be in a July mood early Saturday. Beyond the volleyballs and the runners– those who came to the beach bundled up.
That included Krystal Smith. “It was freezing this morning and it’s still pretty chilly,” she said. “The summer’s the one time you get to enjoy the heat. We got the long winter after that I want to enjoy the sun.”
Despite the lack of summer heat– many enjoyed the cool.
Brian Rowan of Lake Zurich said “We’ll take it! With the way it’s been this year. The weather’s been crazy. Up and down back and forth.”
In Andersonville, the cooler temps proved perfect for puppets—and humans as well. Clark Street bustled, most eager to take a break from the heat and humidity from just two weeks ago.
In Edgewater, the talk focused just as much on tomatoes than the temperate air.
Janille Scheeringa of Scheeringa Farms & Produce said “Myself, I prefer it a little bit warmer. Maybe in the 90s but as a farming industry that’s typically what it usually is.”
But many don’t mind it a bit. “Compare it to two weeks ago. Gimme this. I don’t care for hot weather. Hot hot. This is me, all the way.”
It’s a walk in a mild zone.
Chicagoans don’t see but every 30 or so years in July– and a mixed bag on whether we want it to actually stick around.
Leon Coney said “There’s nothing you can do about it. Accept it and love it!”