March 14, 2012. At eighty degrees, it looked like summer on the lakefront. We were still wearing coats a few days ago. Some students are on spring break, but there sure seemed to be a lot of people, many adults, playing hookie on Wednesday. The city sidewalks in the Loop and the neighborhoods, the beaches, and the Lakefront Trail were all teeming with people. There were multiple volleyball games going on at Oak Street Beach, lots of runners and cyclists, and lots of bathing suit-clad people playing and laying on the beach. Summer in Chicago is really magical, and I look forward to it actually beginning.