Rogers Park Residents Take in 'Gorgeous' Views of Snowfall on Waterfront

By Benjamin Woodard on January 3, 2014 7:57am 

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 Neighbors walked their dogs, threw snowballs and more on snow-covered beaches.
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ROGERS PARK — Forget driving in a snowstorm.

These Rogers Park residents romped through knee-deep snow drifts Thursday on the beach to get a glimpse of the "stunning" lake views.

"It's gorgeous. It looks like the waves are half frozen," Veronica Corzo-Duchardt said alongside her wife, Beth, on the shore near Columbia Avenue.

Despite the sub-zero wind chill and a lake-effect snow warning from the National Weather Service, Sarah Hawks, 26, was walking her dog and found the view picture perfect.

"I was just thinking I need to go home and get my camera," she said.

Kyle Henry, a Northwestern University professor and filmmaker, did get his.

He shielded his photo gear from drifting show with a purple umbrella as he shot footage for an upcoming project.

"It's absolutely gorgeous," he said. "It's stunning when the lake freezes like this — you could be in the Arctic Circle."

Retired Rogers Park resident of 20 years Mimi Toney also walked her dog, Gabriel, at Rogers Beach.

Although forecasters expected up to 10 inches of snow, with more along the lakefront, Toney said she's seen worse.

"The year we had the blizzard there must have been four feet of snow, so this is not too bad," she said.

Back at the Pratt Boulevard Beach, Jaicold Gutierrez, 32, his 7-year-old daughter, Keren, and his wife, Karina, 40, playfully threw snowballs at one another.

Gutierrez said his family moved to the neighborhood in July — from sunny Florida.

And, unlike Toney, they've never seen snow like this.

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