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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It can get bad sometimes almost impossible to get to campus.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: it gets pretty cold and windy at time. but Depaul is not a very outdoorsy school so it doesn't really matter.

2 College Freshman

Weather: It is cold 75% of the year and it makes commuting a little hard if you live off campus.

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3 College Student

Weather: Chicago weather is inconsistent, and the winters are brutal, but the beautiful summers make up for it.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: If you are not from Chicago, it will take some getting used to. However, The campus buildings are always excellent resources for warmth and comfort during this time.


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  • 119th
    Coldest Winters
  • 295th
    Hottest Summers

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Kristian Gist
Cleveland, Ohio
Business Management and Hospitality Leadership
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Chicago weather gets hot and it gets cold. Spring and summer are beautiful—there are tons of things to do in Chicago when the weather is nice, like cool off at the beach or take a walk through the Lincoln Park Zoo with some ice cream. However, be prepared for chilly summer nights with a light jacket. And, never underestimate how cold it can get here. When the wind whips between buildings, it can be described as a bitter cold. The No. 1 accessory on everyone's back-to-school list is a heavy, long coat. You may actually find it becomes fun bundling up for the weather with all of the stylish cold-weather accessories available.

DePaul students have come to view Chicago’s fickle weather with humor and endearment. Where else in the world must city residents constantly carry umbrellas, bathing suits, hiking boots, snow pants, sundresses, and thermal underwear at all times? Students have become experts at making the parka/ear-muff combination bar-acceptable in an effort to maintain their active social lives year-round. One of the benefits of DePaul is that students get a six-week break between Thanksgiving and New Year—so jet off somewhere warm if you can.

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: 3.94 in./month
Fall: 3.08 in./month
Winter: 2.19 in./month
What to Pack
  • Beach towel
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Hoodies
  • Long coat
  • Scarves
  • Shorts
  • Sunblock
  • Sweaters
  • Swim suits
  • Tank tops
  • Winter boots
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