As anyone who lives in Chicago will tell you, winters are a bitch. We’re talking bundle up, hunker down, and simply endure. Which is probably why I began writing my Deep Six series, set in the Florida Keys. It’s a way for me to escape all the ice and snow and wind — even if that escape is only in my mind. I always tell my husband that, December through March, I could live anywhere but Chicago.
On the flipside, come summertime, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than the City of Broad Shoulders. And to celebrate summer in Chicago and the release of Devil and the Deep, I’ve compiled a list of my top five favorite things about Chicago in the summer.
- The Chicago Cubs! Those lovable losers — although they’re big winners this year. There’s nothing quite like walking onto Wrigley Field, noshing on a traditional Chicago-style ballpark dog, and watching the “boys of summer” play nine innings.
- Bicycling along the shore of Lake Michigan. With miles of beaches and miles of trail running along cerulean blue water, there’s no better way to get a little exercise and catch a few rays.
- Walking through Lincoln Park. Perhaps one of the prettiest parks in any city, Lincoln Park has it all. Tons of trails. Lots of wildlife. And an amazing view of downtown Chi-Town.
- Writing from my terrace. The breeze in my hair. Amazing views. And my favorite cold beverage close at hand. Awwww. Heaven. (And, yes. I actually write scenes longhand before typing them. I know, I’m nuts.)
- Festivals! From Lollapalooza to Taste of Chicago to Jazz Fest, there’s always something fun happening in Chicago. So grab your blanket and your picnic basket and head on out!
There you have it! Now, a question for you. What’s your favorite thing about summertime?
Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. She has won the Book Buyers Best Award, been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award. Her latest release was named a Top Ten Romance of 2014 by Booklist. Her books have been described as “alpha, edgy, and downright hot.” Most days you can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.