Spending the first year of their lives in Chicago, Eve and Link are going to learn many lessons about weather extremes. Little do they know that they will soon experience a knee-high snow Chicago winter. But they’ve already cut their teeth on some meltingly hot days in the city. What makes it even worse is that our apartment does not have central air conditioning. We have a window unit for the bedroom, so the four of us stay cool when we sleep. But other than that, we cool off only with fans and splashes in the nearby Lake Michigan.
There are few things more heart-wrenching that watching a lovable pup panting desperately as they try to beat the heat. Their kind eyes never show signs of weakness, but you know that they are struggling.
We found an interesting way to stay cool last week. Kyle had an interview for a full-time architecture position on the west side of the city (he got the job). We were planning on leaving the city directly after the interview; so Link, Eve, and I drove down with Kyle and waited until he finished. It was much too warm to stay in the Tahoe, so we got out and walked to pass the time. However, there weren’t too many grassy or shady spots in that part of the city, so were were struggling to stay relaxed during the hour down-time.
Eventually, the pups discovered the coolest solution. In the shadow of the truck, there was a grate that took up most of the sidewalk. The grate was directly above the Red Line subway track that runs from one side of the city to the other. Both Eve and Link were drawn to the area, laying down on the grate until a train whizzed by underneath them. The wind from the train was strong and refreshing…lasting about 30 seconds. With trains coming by once ever 8 minutes or so, the three of us kept reasonably cool until the interview was finally complete.