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Seeing Crowds Back at Chicago’s Beaches, Over the Weekend, Was a Welcomed Sight

Genius Turner

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Crowded Chicago beaches are usually a sign of summertime.(R Boed/Flickr)

After a year-long bout with COVID, weary crowds made their way back to beaches

CHICAGO, Ilinois — A few days before Chi-Town gets the green light to fully reopen, Mother Nature's already decided to turn up the heat. Apparently. With temperatures reaching highs of 85 on Sunday, COVID-weary beachgoers hit the beaches over the weekend.

Seeing Chicagoans back to having "fun in the sun" at beaches was a welcomed sight! After all, not since almost two years ago (September of 2019) have beaches been open for visitors. Heck, the last time Chicagoans hit the beach, the movie Joker hadn't been released and Trubisky was still being touted as the Bears' quarterback of the future.

Quite simply, to see sunny days accompanied by crowded beaches again in Chi-Town means — it's been a long time coming.

Beaches officially opened last weekend. The Windy City, however, was in full effect and ensured beachgoers would have to wait another week.

According to a CBS 2 report, over the weekend some beachgoers at Lakefront said it was the first time they'd touched a beach in years. “It feels quite warm, kind of humid, but the sun is magnificent. So I’m glad to be alive, and enjoying life,” Jacquelyn Davis said.

“I didn’t think there would be so many people out here," added Lemuel Alexander. "I was like, ‘Wow, all these people, where did they come from?’ ”

As for the question where "all these people" came from, perhaps after being on lockdown and in quarantine for over a year — Chicageons are eager to make up for lost time. Talk about a welcomed sight!

Even for the local restaurants and food stands, shut down for over a year due to the pandemic, the crowd was a welcomed sight.

The city fully reopens on June 11. Summer officially starts in two weeks. In short, from the looks of it, once Independence Day rolls around, perhaps Chicagoans at the Navy Pier by the shores of Lake Michigan — taking in the 4th of July fireworks — will be back to saying: "Lake Michigan is pretty Great."

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