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3 College Junior

Weather: When its cold, it is terrible. The sunshine makes Loyola beautiful tho.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The winter has been quite long and tough, especially when walking around campus it is always colder near the lake.

2 College Freshman

Weather: It's reallllly cold, but it's Chicago. The cold weather comes with living in the city. I'm from the south so I was expecting to be freezing all the time and I'm surviving just fine. Being on the lake is somewhat hard because of the wind and the lake-effect snow, but it's not that bad. When the temperature goes above 30 during the winter, people start wearing shorts and it feels great. It makes you appreciate the summertime.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It has its ups and downs.

4 College Junior

Weather: It is almost always sunny, which is great especially when its cold out! You get to experience all the seasons here. The lake is beautiful and offers a nice breeze in the hot summer days. Keep in mind, it is called the windy-city for a reason. It actually is pretty windy out here.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 109th
    Coldest Winters
  • 307th
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Like most other aspects about Loyola, students maintain their sense of humor regarding the weather in the city they call home. Don't like the weather in Chicago? Wait five minutes, it will change. The negative is that the city is cold just about nine months out of the year. The positive is that with the constant wind dropping temperatures below zero on a regular basis, 50 degrees seems pretty temperate. You won't see many people with fancy hairdos in Chicago; the wind defies any amount of gel or mousse. Most people own a good collection of hats. You'll have to get used to windburn rather than sunburn, because the wind blows directly into your face no matter which way you walk. Loyola's Lake Shore Campus is especially bad, because the entire area seems to have been built as one gigantic wind tunnel.

Students love and hate Chicago's fickle weather. During the winter, virtually no one ventures outside the dorms unless they have to. Summertime, however, brings the students outside in droves, looking to revel in the sunshine and their newfound ability to wear shorts. The best advice for someone new to Chicago is to simply accept the weather. It will change, unpredictably and frequently. So bring clothes for Siberia and for San Antonio; Chicago will feel like each at some point or another. Just make sure to go somewhere warm for spring break.

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: 2.19 in./month



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