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Tourists trek downtown, brave the cold amid snowfall

CHICAGO — As the snow began to fall Thursday afternoon, spirits started to rise.

For the Grunow household, following a household custom continues.

“It wasn’t snowing at all, but now, obviously, it’s coming down, and it’s a little hard to see, but it makes the season,” mentioned Brooke Grunow.

“We come in from Lake Geneva every year at Christmastime and spend a couple of days down here for Christmas shopping,” added Scott Grunows.

They aren’t the solely ones braving the dropping temperatures.

“Holy cow, it’s cold. We’re ready to get to the hotel,” the LeMasters household instructed WGN News. The group booked their tickets for ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ manner earlier than they knew the forecast. “We can’t get a refund, so here we are.”

But the LeMasters say they’re making the most of it with a visit to the Lego retailer. Making the most of it may be mentioned for a visiting couple, Gino Carnevale and Kathleen Freitas, who arrived from San Francisco. The Magnificent Mile is a festive layover, the couple says, en path to visiting Carnevale’s household in Indiana for Christmas. 

“We thought it would be nice to spend a couple of days here before,” Freitas mentioned.

Carnevale, a local of Brazil, added, “[Kathleen] has never been to Chicago. She’s from Sao Paolo.”

The snow was an surprising deal with, nonetheless.

“It’s really fun but only for a couple of days,” Freitas mentioned. “I would not live here at all.”

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