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1 College Sophomore

Weather: WINTERS ARE HORRIBLE!!! being in the loop and right by the lake it is unbearably cold. I hate winters here they are too cold and too long. All of the other seasons are nice. :)

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather does not affect campus experience.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: I'm not used to the cold, so the weather is not my favorite thing about this city

2 College Student

Weather: SD SDA

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2 College Freshman

Weather: It hasn't stop snowing this hurts my feelings I am not here for this STOP.


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  • 100th
    Coldest Winters
  • 311st
    Hottest Summers

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Whitney Fox
Topeka, Kansas
Television Writing and Producing
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Chicago did not earn its nickname "The Windy City" because of all the sweet-talking politicians. No, this awesome place also has some infamous history with weather.

The wind is notorious, and the winter is definitely something to write home about. Bring warm clothes, blankets, and hot chocolate, because after the last part of November, Chicago will be cold and windy until May. Any Chicagoan would boast, though, that a "Chicago Summer" is worth any hard winter.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 59 °F
Spring - Low: 42 °F
Summer - High: 82 °F
Summer - Low: 64 °F
Fall - High: 63 °F
Fall - Low: 46 °F
Winter - High: 36 °F
Winter - Low: 22 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.45 in./month
Summer: 3.95 in./month
Fall: 3.08 in./month
Winter: 2.02 in./month
What to Pack
  • Good shoes
  • Heating blankets
  • Scarves
  • Umbrella
  • Warm socks
Did You Know?
  • July is the warmest month.
  • The highest recorded temperature was 104 °F in 1988.
  • The coolest month is January.
  • The lowest recorded temperature was -24 °F in 1985.
  • The maximum precipitation occurs in June.
  • The highest wind gust ever recorded in Chicago was 87 miles per hour and was measured in February of 1894.
  • The highest recorded dew point of 82 degrees made July 29 and 30 in 1999 very humid.
  • The highest recorded pressure was on February 16, 1989.
  • March and April are normally the windiest months in Chicago, with an average wind speed around 12 miles per hour.
  • Almost a quarter of the days (23 percent on average) are clear in Chicago.
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