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What summer staples did you miss most because of the pandemic? What Chicagoans say.

Fireworks at Navy Pier. Movies at Millennium Park. Grandmother-grandaughter baseball games. Hiking trips out west. The beach. Concerts. Street festivals.

Meg Duguid watches her son Thomas at La Villita Park in Little Village — one of the summer pleasures she got to enjoy despite the pandemic.
Meg Duguid watches her son Thomas at La Villita Park in Little Village — one of the summer pleasures she got to enjoy despite the pandemic.
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Now that summer’s over, we asked readers: What summer staples did you miss most because of the pandemic? Some answers have been condensed and lightly edited for clarity.

“The fireworks at Navy Pier.” — Diana Martinez

“Taking my kids to the beach and Maggie Daley Park.” — Nesha Williams

“My summer hiking trip to Arizona.” — Paul Olson

“I miss taking my grandkids to the water park.” — Linda Basile

“Family picnics in the park and children’s zoo.” — Deborah Fuller Tobias

“Movies at Millennium Park.” — Fernando Riascos

“Vacations at the beach!” — Cindy Deans

“Miss outdoor concerts and live theater. Also miss family and friends’ BBQs. Miss having my grandchildren sleep over.” — Rhonda Rowe-Skolnik

“I miss hugging my friends, giving my girls high-fives, drinking wine and eating cheese and crackers, outside concerts, cookouts — I can go on and on. I just want this to all go away.” — Demetrus Box-Griffin

“The Iowa State Fair and the Wisconsin State Fair.” — Becky Schmidt-Chalberg

“Taste of Chicago, fireworks, fairs and festivals, concerts.” — Vicki DeFord

“Going to outdoor concerts. Was supposed to see Doobie Brothers and Hall & Oates.” — Debbie Ochwat

“Watching the Cubs at Wrigley.” — Marianne Gapen