Carpe Diem. Seize the day. Make hay while the sun shines. This
is the unofficial motto of Chicago families. From the first warm
day of spring to the last glorious day of Indian summer, we
practically live at our outdoor institutions. It is as if we are
trying to pack a whole year's worth of visits into four months. But
is that really necessary?
Why can't you take your kids to the zoo or the Botanic Garden or
Millennium Park during winter? In fact, you can.
There is a particular charm to visiting a beloved outdoor spot
in the cold weather months. Without the crowds and in the thin,
gray February light, familiar outdoor landmarks-many of which have
at least some indoor component-reveal a new side.
Emily Paster is an attorney and freelance writer who blogs
at westoftheloop.com. She lives with her husband
and two kids in River Forest.