The record setting Chicago Blizzard of 2011 reached expectations set by weather forecasters. Nearly two feet fell on the Chicagoland area accompanied by fierce winds, thunder, and lightening. The snowfall closed Chicago Public Schools and basically shut down the city except for its most vital functions.
Despite the Lake Shore Drive debacle it seemed that most Chicagoans dealt with the snow with good humor. A scan of facebook and twitter postings are highlighted by people posting pictures of the snow in their neighborhood or of them doing some sort of activity in the snow. The blizzard is a once a decade or more storm, so this will be an event that we will remember for a long time.
I spent the early part of the day cross-country skiing around the streets of the city and then went out to Ronan Park. While skiing around the city streets there were people out shoveling and brushing off their cars. In the park there was hardly a soul except for a dog walker or two.
When deep snow falls on a city landscape it has a way of making it wild and beautiful. Most of the pictures are taken from Ronan Park. It is a nice city park, but I would never call it pretty in the summer. Snow is a great equalizer as it makes urban, rural, and forested landscapes the same. That is until shovels, plows, and snow blowers do their work. Here are a series of photos of the blizzard before man completed the job of taking back the city from the wildness of a winter storm.
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