By Julia M. Klein
“We don’t do beach,” said my cousin Bob, who lives less than four blocks from the alluring lakefront of Evanston, Il.
But he’d been warned. Every summer I visit the Chicago area to see friends I know from a mid-1990s fellowship year at Northwestern University. And ever since discovering three years ago, to my delight, that I had cousins living in Evanston, I’ve been dragging them to the beach.
Klein is a cultural reporter and critic in Philadelphia and a contributing editor at Columbia Journalism Review.