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1 College Sophomore

Weather: I thought the Northeast had bad weather until I came to Chicago. Nuff said.

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3 College Junior

Weather: It rains a lot and they don't call it the Windy City for nothing.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: So it gets really cold and snows a lot, but it's doable. I actually found myself enjoying the cool spring and fall.

2 College Freshman

Weather: It varies. The 2013-2014 winter was really brutal. We experienced a few polar vortexes and it was well below zero pretty frequently. Apparently this was an exceptionally bad year, but it was pretty miserable. A lot of us from warmer climates adjusted better than expected, so it's definitely doable, but I would prefer to be somewhere where it was generally warmer.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: Weather is definitely bad, and it has been a struggle, but I'm alive and fine.


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 59 °F
Spring - Low: 42 °F
Summer - High: 82 °F
Summer - Low: 65 °F
Fall - High: 62 °F
Fall - Low: 46 °F
Winter - High: 34 °F
Winter - Low: 21 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.50 in./month
Summer: 4.01 in./month
Fall: 3.32 in./month
Winter: 2.22 in./month
What to Pack
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Heavy-duty winter coat that goes to your knees
  • Rain boots
  • Raincoat
  • Scarf
  • Snow boots
Did You Know?
The highest temperature ever recorded in Chicago was 105 F (41 C) on July 24, 1934. The humidity index has reached 125 F. The coldest temperature was -27 F (-33 C) on January 20, 1985, with a wind chill of -83 F (-64 C).


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