You will find every kind of weather extreme in Chicago. In the winter, temperatures will hit a negative number at least once. There will be feet upon feet of snow. But then in the summer, you’ll have days that reach triple digits with oppressive humidity. There’s a lot of rain, sleet, and occasionally hail. On top of all that, you have the wind. Even though Chicago’s name “The Windy City” doesn’t come from the hurricane gusts that can blow through, it should. The wind is ridiculous, and you’ll occasionally find yourself walking to class at a 45-degree angle.
However, despite the extremes of the winter, spring and fall in Chicago are beautiful. The days can be balmy with a cool breeze, perfect for enjoying Lake Michigan and breaking out your bathing suit. Once students finally see the sun after a harsh winter, you’ll find them all over the quads, sprawled out and reading, talking, or eating, but most importantly, just soaking up some quality vitamin D. Those kinds of days make trudging through two feet of snow to get to a calculus final totally worth it.