Crowds swarm Chicago parks and lakeside to enjoy Memorial Day weekend

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Between the reopening of the beaches on Friday and the dozens of events taking place over Memorial Day weekend, “Summertime Chi” is officially back!

To celebrate the unofficial start of summer, friends and families have gathered to make the most of the city’s parks, beaches and attractions.

“We went to Millennium Park and now we’re going to Navy Pier,” said Carol Drake, who was hosting friends from Portland.

Some took advantage of the good weather from the water.

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“I spent the day on my boat. I took my nephew on my boat. We had a boat ride and just rested in good weather,” Scott Gordan said.

Others take the path to the city lake to enjoy the sun.

“We’ve been in town for a while, so we came here to ride our bikes,” said Claudia Garcia, from Los Angeles. “This is my first time to Chicago and it’s really pretty here.”

More than forty events took place in the city this weekend, including the Sueños Music Festival, the Crosstown Classic and the Coldplay concert.

“It’s a nice big city to come to, we don’t have to go all the way to the East Coast, and it’s beautiful here, we love Chicago,” said Michael Noel, who came from Denver with his wife. and her daughters.

Between the food and the fun, visitors from near and far said they were happy to be back and enjoying each other’s company again.

“We did a food tour on Friday, it was really fun to see special foods around the city,” Vienna Noel said.

“Finally being able to go outside and feel the fresh air, feel the rays of the sun without a mask on your face – I guess everyone is really having fun,” said Alexander Cardenas.

If you’re coming from out of town and planning to drive home on Memorial Day, traffic will be heaviest between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., according to AAA travel experts.

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