CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago set a heat record on Thursday for this date, Sept. 21. It got to 94 degrees at O’Hare.
And when the temperatures reach these highs, most people can go indoors to escape the outdoor heat. But not street musicians like Chicago Traffic Jam, who were performing on State Street near Macy’s.READ MORE: 2 Class Action Lawsuits Filed Against Rockton's Chemtool Plant
Bandleader Ian Walsh said it is not that bad.
“Two summers ago I remember there was a month where it never got under 100, I think. It was just like…that was bad. But this ain’t that bad, you know?” he said.READ MORE: With Areas Of Naperville Devastated By Tornado, Neighbors Band Together A Night Later To Help Each Other
Walsh said these are good times on the sidewalk, comparatively speaking.
“The winter’s harder. It’s harder to move your fingers fast when they’re frozen. You have to play more quarter notes, less double-up sixteenths. And there’s snow on the ground. Everything’s slippery and we’re carrying around gear.”MORE NEWS: Man Fatally Shot While Working On Car In Front Of His Fernwood Home
Today, Sept. 21, 2017 temperatures reached 94 degrees at O’Hare. The old record was 92 degrees on this date in 1970.