Chicago’s Navy Pier is a happening place in summer. Warm summer breezes straight off Lake Michigan, ice cream stands, Ferris wheel rides. But for me, there’s something so beautiful and haunting about visiting places that define summer near-abandoned in the winter time.
The nets are still up, stoically weathering the long, white winter and the unforgiving winds that blow in off Lake Michigan. But the nets no longer sway in the breeze. They’re frozen in place.
The American put the finishing touches on this new short film, ‘Ode to the Cold Chicago Winter’ a few days ago, and we released it into the world. It’s a perfect day to kick back, snuggle up and enjoy a leisurely look at the freezing steam coming from the buildings and homes across the city. It’s something I find beautiful. Let me know what you think!
Today is the coldest day I have ever experienced. And that is not a hyperbole.
I had little idea how people lived in snowy climates before I came to Chicago. I was baffled and more than a little intimidated. But I’m still here. I’m surviving! Here’s a brief wrap up of how I’ve managed (so far) and the few little tips I’ve learned.
The trail is closed. Lake Michigan has frozen over. The city sits a few miles down the road, outlines of big boxes mostly obscured by the grey and the snow. But the forlorn looking Cactus Cantina reminds me that it doesn’t always look like this. Warmer days were once here.