Where's the warmth?

June 11, 2009 2:22:36 PM PDT
Summer is, officially, less than two weeks away. So the question everyone is asking: Where's the warmth?Businesses with sidewalk cafes are probably grumbling, as well as tourists hoping to spend time on the beaches along Lake Michigan. The majority of the days this month had highs in the 60's.

Chicagoans can always talk about the weather, because there is always something crazy going on, these ups and downs and all of this rain. And it seems all this rain has really kept some folks away from their summer activities.

It's hard to think about a light summer dress when the weather is a mess. A super soaked mess. The rain puts a damper Chicagoans summer plans. And businesses that plan on summer are waiting for the sun to return.

"It's difficult to manage your business based on the forecast. We had days last week, it was 90 percent chance of rain, all day, cloudy, and it ended up being 75, sunny and couldn't have been a more beautiful day. So sometimes you get lucky," said Caryn Struif, The Park Grill.

The Plaza at Park Grill opened a week early because of the nice weather in the spring but since then it has not been ideal outdoor eating weather.

"It's difficult, because we have a lot of staff that relies on their job outside and this adds 400 seats to our establishment. So it's a big, big space," said Struif. We found a Park Grill regular prepared rain or shine.

"I'm ok. I've got my umbrella. I'm outside, yeah. It's not too cold. That's nice," said Jean Pierre Vasaune, patron.

The Family Fun Festival opened Wednesday in Millennium Park for the summer. The fun fortunately is under a tent, but even protected from the downpour few have ventured here.

The Swansons from Palatine found something that works. Tommy and Kenden's marigold will do well in the rain. Although they are also looking forward to some sun.

"We're looking forward to some summer weather to play soccer and barbecue and swim but it hasn't gotten there yet. So we can't wait for it. We thought we'd have it today, but it changed on us," said Mike Swanson.


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