It’s no secret—Chicago has some brutal and, at times, bipolar weather. Basically, winter comes early and stays late. Snow covers the campus from December to March, with the sun making a handful of appearances in between. However, the fall is many students' favorite season. Temperatures hover between 50 and 60 F for much of the quarter, and the colorful leaves make a gorgeous backdrop for walks to class. Spring has a tendency to start out colder and rainier than one might hope, but by late May, the weather should settle down into a slew of nice days. During the spring, it is common to find students studying at the beach and playing Frisbee outside.
As for the winter, preparation determines comfort. Every temperature can be withstood with the right clothes. Make sure to bring your heavy down coat, hats, gloves, earmuffs, thermal socks, and snow boots. Learn the skill of layering, and you will face winter like a champ. Winter is all about staying warm, and less about making a fashion statement. With the right apparel and a positive mind-set, the winter is not as bad as many make it seem.