Olin Wilson-Thomas and his mom, Leila Wilson, look at Olin's photos of the lakefront. Photo by Heidi Randhava

The beauty of Evanston’s lakefront was on full display Saturday morning, Sept. 19, as residents and visitors walked, jogged, biked and toured their way along Evanston’s beaches on the last weekend of summer.

“We’re here walking every Saturday,” said Evanston resident Ron Sims, who stopped with his dog, Margret, to take in the view.

Although Evanston beaches officially closed on Labor Day, surfers took advantage of the waves, sun and blue skies.

Olin Wilson-Thomas, a student at Chute Middle School, said he was taking photographs while on a walk along the beach with his mother, Leila Wilson.

Evanston History Center guide Kris Hartzell led a group of ten people on a walking tour. She said the tour, called “Burnham in Evanston,” took in properties designed by legendary architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham, who chose Evanston for his home.

A brisk breeze and temperatures in the 60s were hints of fall, but “the real cooldown” does not occur until November, according to the National Weather Service.

The autumnal equinox at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 22 signaled the official end of summer. Day and night are approximately equal, and then days continue to get shorter until the Winter Solstice on Dec. 21. Seasons are opposite on either side of the Equator, so Sept. 22 is the vernal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere, where it marks the first day of spring.

Heidi Randhava

Heidi Randhava is an award winning reporter who has a deep commitment to community engagement and service. She has written for the Evanston RoundTable since 2016.