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Half Full or Half Empty?

Half Full or Half Empty - Jean Ward - ChicagoLakeCondosThe bitter cold of winter’s last is undisputable.  It left its physical mark on Chicago.  Its lasting effect on people, however, is dual in nature.  The first camp of folks is so ready to forget about it they’ll do anything in their power to enjoy the warmer weather and all that Chicago has to offer this summer season.  Conversely there’s also those ready to continue complaining….about how long it took summer to come, about the rainy weather, about the cold lake water temperatures, and about the plants that didn’t bloom this year.

After struggling to gulp down the complaints of the “half empty” crew this past month, I’ve decided to quit listening and just start debunking the Windy City Whiner Club and show you how to enjoy the summer.

So the first day of summer is officially this coming Saturday, June 21, same time as last year.  Looks like it’s expected to hit mid-70’s tomorrow with less than a 40% chance of rain during the day.  Sound good to you?  Sure it does, as anything beats 10 degrees and icy.  Why don’t you try something different and meet some new people with some new attitudes at the first Beckoning of Lovely Summer Stroll that begins at 10am at The Flower Flat Café at 620 W. Addison?  Join Lakeview resident and New York Times Bestselling Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, for an hour-long walk around town.  Look for people wearing yellow or carrying yellow umbrellas.

The beaches are open.  Contrary to popular belief, the water is quite delightful!  From toe-tickling to full submersion, Lake Michigan’s water doesn’t feel any different than it did last year or the year before that.  Pick up your Tommy Bahama back-pack beach chair at Costco and hit it to any one of the city’s 20+ public beaches.  Swim, beach-comb, relax, picnic, and be merry.  Need to be active at the lakefront?  Try your luck at paddleboarding at Montrose Beach at Kayak Chicago, North Avenue Beach at SUP or 31st Street Harbor, which is currently offering a Groupon for Chicago Paddle Rentals.

You only have to take a look around the city to see that the blossoms in season are spectacular!  It may be different than last year, but flowers, plants and trees are hearty nonetheless.  Browse the gardens along the Magnificent Mile to see outdoor beauty and color at its finest in bloom.  Visit the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe on Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 5pm for the Show of Summer, where six local garden clubs affiliated with the Garden Club of America (GCA) work together in exhibition for Our Kind of Town.   Or DIY with the help of the Guide to Rooftop Gardening  provided by the City of Chicago, based on the City Hall’s 13-year old Rooftop Garden project.

Today you have a choice.  Will you choose Half Full or Half Empty this summer?

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