CHICAGO (CBS) — The back to school countdown is on, whether you’re dreading the start of classes, or looking forward to it.

WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty caught up with some families enjoying a fleeting summer day on Thursday.

From camping trips to Lego camps to vacations in Puerto Rico, you can practically hear the “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” essays writing themselves.

A warm, sunny day brought plenty of families out to Lincoln Park; many not ready to embrace the routine of going back to school just yet.

“You have to do work. You have to get up early and go to bed early,” one boy said.

A high schooler in the crowd said she’s not looking forward to doing her summer homework.

“I’m taking AP courses, so I have to do those,” she said.

Not to mention the back to school shopping parents and grandparents can’t quite bring themselves to do now.

“It says, like, that’s the end of summer. We don’t want … the end to come any sooner than it has to,” one woman said.

Instead, families are trying to enjoy what little time they have left while summer is still here.

“A trip, maybe to Michigan; trying to take advantage of being close to the beach more often; but, yeah, let’s get out and do as much as we can, because it’s going to be over really fast,” one man said.

If you think early August is too soon to think about going back to school, here’s a reminder: the first day of class for freshmen and transfer students at Lemont High School is Tuesday. The first full day for the entire school is Wednesday.

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