Chicagoans take advantage of warm temperatures by relaxing at the beach, eating al fresco
CHICAGO – It was like summer at Montrose Beach on Friday, and it looked like it too.
Dozens of people relaxed in the sand and cooled off in the water. Others enjoyed meals by the sea.
“It’s amazing,” said Vander Silas of Chicago. “But you know, stay safe.”
Downtown Chicago, dozens have enjoyed this taste of summer while dining al fresco.
“I’m happy to see all the masks taken off and the people are enjoying their lives,” said Declan Hurley of Chicago.
In Lake view, alfresco meals spilled into the streets as part of “Dine Out on Southport”.
For certain weekends through the end of summer, part of Southport Avenue will be closed to allow for an extension of outdoor dining at seven restaurants.
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“We felt like we were on life support for a few months there, and that will help us get a lot of people back to work,” said Dave Bonomi, owner of Coalfire Pizza, one of the participating restaurants. “It will help a lot of people to come back to the fold and start doing what we normally do again.”
Carisa Marconet of the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce says “Dine Out on Southport” is of great help not only to the restaurants, but to the community as well.
“Chicago summer is finally here, we’ve all been waiting, so you know everyone’s mood has improved.”