Winter Beach, Chicago


There are 26 miles of public beaches in Chicago. I will admit in my nine years living in Chicago I only started going to the beach two years ago. My son and I would go in summer, rent bikes and ride along the bike trail. During summer the beach and lake front in Chicago is a continuous party. Volleyball tournaments, bikers, sun worshippers, families having picnics and groups of teenagers there to see and be seen all inhabit the sand.

As I was driving along lakeshore drive one sunny, freezing February day I wondered what the beach would look like in winter.I parked my car, grabbed my camera and went to find out. I walked to Oak Street Beach in the Gold Coast/Streeterville neighborhood. Already a cold day with temperatures in the 20’s. I found as I got near the lake the temperature seemed to drop by another 10 degrees. The tips of my fingers and toes started to burn from the cold and my eyes started to water. The lakefront was quiet, still and calm. The swirling wind rushed into one ear and came out the other, clearing the head.

The beach and lake are just as beautiful in winter as they are in summer. The sand that is visible is wet and caked to the earth the rest is covered by snow. The white snow contrasts beautifully against the blue lake and with the sun beaming from above the entire picture is a vision.

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  • Reply Nishebita das February 14, 2015 at 7:02 am

    This writing is very nice. My suggestion is for you to write for you to write for local magazines and newspapers. That will have wider circulation.

  • Reply Suchitra February 28, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    You are as crazy as the dog and the fellow in the picture to be out at the lake in that weather !! But must say your write up is very enticing and could almost persuade someone like me to venture out to do something just as crazy. The peace and calm is almost tangible.. but have to get past the pain of the numbing cold first.

    • Reply kaveri February 28, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Welcome, thanks for commenting. You are right I was crazy to be out in the cold but the scenery was very pretty so it was worth it.

  • Reply Rashmi.Routray March 7, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Kaveri your. write up about Nico’s. is amazing.What a. fantastic. idea.Absolutely correct “it. does not have to be a special. occasion”.
    The Scottish contingent. Is going to Downtown . Chicago. and. a must is. Nico’s.

    • Reply kaveri March 8, 2015 at 9:13 pm

      I am glad you agree, thanks for reading.

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