Holiday travel begins; beaches open
About 1.8 million people in Illinois will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend. That's up slightly from last year, though, the big increase is in air travel. AAA spokeswoman Beth Mosher says air travel is up by 12 percent from last Memorial Day. She says people are more confident about their money.
"Aside from gas prices, all other economic conditions are positive as compared to 2010. People are feeling more stable in their job situation. They have more disposable income to work with. And so they're back out and traveling. They're traveling by air this weekend. They're taking some great trips to some great places," Mosher says.
Illinois gas prices are averaging just over $4 a gallon. Mosher says that doesn't seem to be stopping people from taking to the roads, either. People are expected to travel an average of 792 miles over this holiday weekend.
For those sticking around town, Chicago's beaches are officially open. But today might be a little too chilly for a swim in Lake Michigan.