With people looking for more time to spend outdoors as soon as possible, some Chicago-area multifamily communities are bucking the tradition of opening outdoor pools on Memorial Day weekend — instead opting to open as early as mid-April.

Optima Signature in Streeterville officially opened its outdoor pool last week. Draper and Kramer, which owns and manages a number of downtown rental buildings, also opened in mid-April its outdoor pools at most of its Chicago-area properties, including Grand Plaza and Hubbard221. In addition, Related Midwest opened on April 16 its pools and outdoor recreational spaces at One Bennett Park, 500 Lake Shore Drive and Landmark West Loop.

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