I have to say, I really love the rich tradition that Chicago has as a city and winters in Chicago are very interesting if nothing else. We do not usually get the lake effect snow like Buffalo because we are on the east side of Lake Michigan, but we do get the occasional flurry.
What I love about Chicago winters:
- One of my favorite traditions is the “save your shoveled parking spot with a lawn chair”. If you are not familiar with this concept, listen to the story NPR created about saving spots.
- I also enjoy the fact that the city and suburbs cannot effectively clear snow from the streets and highways. It is called a snow plow Chicago – not a garbage truck with a plow. Spend the money. If anyone has ever complained about being cold or experiencing cold wind – try walking within a block of the Sears Tower.
- I love how kids use land fills and empty reservoirs as sledding hills
- I love that the Sears Tower always funnels so much wind that as soon as you turn the corner and are within two blocks of it, you are instantly iced to the bone regardless how much winter gear you have on.
- Lastly, I really enjoy the “Caution Falling Ice” signs that all the tall buildings have in front of their buildings. Do we really need this thought going through our head as we look up 20-100 stories and think about falling sharp objects? Thanks for the warning.