Every June, you'll find our family excitedly counting down the
days until our "country club" opens. This year, it's June 17. We
just can't wait to jump into that refreshing crystal clear pool
water, to savor the elegant dining options at the picnic tables in
the park beside the pool (coxinhas from Brazil Legal,
tacos from Las Asadas, hot dogs with hand cut fries from
Red Hot Ranch - all within walking distance, on Western
Ave.), to meet and greet all the friendly faces that populate our
local Chicago Park District Pool, Holstein Park.
Seriously, as far as people watching goes, no country club in
the world can beat Holstein. Happy families, exuberant teens,
giggling babies, 20-something hipsters - they're all there, and
more. Lay your beach towel out near the deep end and enjoy.
Better yet - Escape from the summer heat and jump in!
Our family has made so memories at this pool. When I
was pregnant with Chiara, I would bob around, playing Marco Polo
with Daniel, wondering who exactly was living in my belly. Daniel,
meanwhile, has progressed from tadpole to shark with his swimming
skills here - thanks to the tough love of the swimming lessons
staff. Last year Chiara adored the baby pool - where she splashed
and alternated between being friendly with the other toddlers
and fighting over rubber duckies. I appreciate swimming laps
during the first and last hours of the day, when the pools is
relatively quiet and divided into lanes.
Best of all, this country club is free! Just bring your towel
and a couple bucks for the guy who sells yummy tropical
paletas, sliced mangoes and watermelon at the play park beside the
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Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
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