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1 College Sophomore

Weather: Horrible! Winters are brutal and I will be leaving as soon as I receive my degree. Never again!

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Chicago, known for its miserable winters and hot summers, so that's something to keep in mind. I grew up in the Midwest and am used to variable weather. Folks from the west coast or southwest will have a rough time. If you invest in sturdy winter outerwear and good lined snow boots, you'll be fine.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Typical midwest weather, plus extra wind. That's why it's the Winy City.

1 College Junior

Weather: Anyone living in chicago will tell you it's rained/snowed/been dreadfully hot/dreadfully cold/sunny/stormy all in the same week.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is still shaky.

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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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