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Armed with little more than a plastic hardware bucket, a spinning rod, and a hot dog for lunch, Glenn Hosokawa, 57, who has a Ph.D in biochemistry, spends at least four mornings a week fishing from his favorite summer spot, Montrose Harbor’s horseshoe pier. “The most important thing is artificial bait-if you use a plug, you’ll catch one every time,” he says. Striking out around 5 a.m., Hosokawa most often pulls in salmon, perch, bass, and catfish.
Biggest thrill: A woman once paid him $5 for a just-caught salmon. She liked it so much, she came back a few days later looking for more.
Fishing season: “I like spring and fall the best, because of the weather-but I fish all year.” In the winter, when the ice is four feet thick, Hosokawa gears up for ice fishing from a tent at Burnham Harbor.
(Clockwise, from upper left) Tom Halek, Jan Kilanski, Richard Teresi, Michael Teresi, and Rolando Contreras are all members of the Great Lakes Historical Recovery-a 40-person recreational organization. Hitting the sand around 5 a.m., these determined scavengers-ranging from the historical hobbyist to the merely curious-travel as a group, starting at Loyola Park all the way down to the 12th Street Beach, which they call “Magic Beach” because they find a lot of rare coins there. “As long as the ground isn’t frozen, we go,” Richard Teresi says.
Most valuable find: A 1916 D Mercury dime worth at least $1,000. Because only 252,000 were minted, they’re pretty scarce. “I’ve got two of them,” says Kilanski, the club historian.
Most common: Pennies.
Most interesting: Chicago vehicle tax plate from a one-horse wagon.
“I’m here every day during the summer,” says 18-year-old Billy Egan (seated), a self-described skateboarding fanatic, who grew up down the street in Ravenswood. “It’s like my job.” Logging more than ten hours a day at the Wilson Skate Park gives Egan plenty of time to master his signature trick, the flamingo, in which he spins on one foot while holding up his back leg. Fellow skateboarders include (from left) Meredith Gleason, 17, Marlene Keller, 18, and Joseph Linzemann, 22.
On skating with the boys: Gleason, a junior at Lincoln Park High School, doesn’t mind being one of only four female regulars. “Everyone is really cool, and they give me a lot of credit for being there,” she says.
The vibe: “There’s competition, but for the most part, everyone is really relaxed-people are just having fun. You get a good session going, and everyone is feeding off each other’s energy,” Gleason says. “It’s cool.”
Computer consultant by trade and landscape artist by hobby, Joe Vangsness sets up his easel, tiny metal stool, and box of pastels several weekends a month at his favorite scene along the lakefront-a gravel running path just north of Montrose Beach. “I’m always drawn to this spot,” says Vangsness.
How he found his spot: A six-time marathon runner, he was captivated by the light here 20 years ago while jogging and has been coming back to capture the view ever since.
He loves it because: “There’s something magical [here], where you see the path going through trees, the lake behind it, and the movement. This spot speaks to me.”