In affluent Lake Forest, Illinois, a section of Lake Michigan beach is reserved for adults only, reports the Chicago Tribune.
“We’re creating a quieter space for those adults that are in search of that type of atmosphere,” said Sally Swarthout, program manager for the north suburban city’s Parks & Recreation Board, which created the 21-and-older beach at the request of several residents. About a quarter of the city’s nearly mile-long beach is now for adults only.
I grew up south of Lake Forest in Highland Park. On the weekends, the beaches swarmed with kids building sand castles, burying each other, jumping in the waves, even swimming. My mother would bring a picnic lunch: I remember the hard-boiled eggs. I guess we were noisy, but it was the baby boom and people expected to be around children. Now it’s the adult baby boomers who want peace and quiet.