Sometimes, specifically between the months of November and April, our beautiful lakefront is less than inviting. The crashing waves, the miles of ice blocks and, most significantly, the raging wind make the banks of Lake Michigan a less-than-ideal place to evade the hustle of city life. But that doesn't eliminate the need for a small, green spot in the midst of nature to gather our thoughts from time to time. At the Main Street L, Lake Michigan's wintertime pinch hitter is Grey Park. Surrounded by old apartment buildings and large houses, Grey Park is a quiet area just a quarter-mile from the L.
A somewhat small patch of unpaved land, Grey Park doesn't have the natural beauty or traditional popularity of the lakefront, but its enormous trees and relative seclusion are more than enough to lull you into a serene state of mind. Located just steps from the Main Street shopping district, it makes a good place to park your shopping bags and rear end to reflect on all the new stuff you just purchased. Grey Park has benches, a jungle gym and occasional dog-walkers, but you won't find yourself competing with other pedestrians for room to breathe. Most importantly, it offers an often-needed respite from the cruel elements of a wintertime Lake Michigan.
Centerstage Reviewer: Patrick Corcoran