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Chicago Weather in December

Averages By Month

With temperatures around the freezing point it is really cold in Chicago in December. And the winter fun is only complete with an average of 9 inches (22 cm) of snow. The sun makes a rare appearance for 3 hours each day on average and Lake Michigan has a water temperature of 43°F (6°C) in December.

If winter fun is what you’re looking for during your holidays, Chicago really is a great choice. Like New York, the city turns into something very special around Christmas with the advantage of it being much cheaper to visit than NYC. You can get really Christmassy whilst visiting the Chicago Christkindlmarket, the Lincoln Park Zoo Lights or the Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest. And there are also some lovely ski resorts nearby for the whole family to enjoy!

High and Low Temperature in December °F

Precipitation days in December °F

Current Weather Chicago

39°F few clouds
Local Time

Hourly 10 Days

Averages Chicago

  J F M A M J J A S O N D

High °F

32° 36° 45° 56° 66° 77° 82° 81° 74° 62° 50° 37°

Low °F

22° 26° 34° 43° 53° 63° 70° 70° 62° 50° 39° 27°

Sun

4h 5h 6h 7h 9h 10h 10h 9h 8h 6h 4h 3h

Rain days

5 7 5 7 7 9 6 6 5 7 4 7

Water °F

40 37 36 37 39 46 68 72 68 61 50 43

Chicago Weather by Month

Best Time to Visit Chicago

Weatherwise, any time between May and October is a good time to visit Chicago. Spring and fall aren’t too warm with temperatures ranging from anything between the 30s F (0s C) and the 70s F (20s C) making it ideal for exploring the city.

Summers do get really summery and warm with highs reaching the low 80s F (high 20s C). Between July and September is also the time you want to visit Chicago if you would like to take a swim in Lake Michigan too.

Winters are best to visit to save on accomodation but it does get chilly with temperatures around the freezing point, cold winds and snowfall of up to 11 inches (27 cm).

Things to know about Chicago

Plan a city trip to Chicago because it doesn’t always have to be NYC that’s front of mind for a city break! For anyone into art and architecture, Chicago, as the city of birth of the skyscraper, has so much to offer and can compare itself without doubt to NYC in this regard. Starting with Chicago’s location, it’s simply unique how much Lake Michigan resembles the sea and spreads out in front of the US’s third largest city. So you can enjoy some summer vacation feeling on the beach or the pier during your city trip.
Chicago Downtown skyline lake Michigan beach
Chicago navy pier carousel swings ferris wheel
Must sees:
Chicago loop downtown train
Chicago John Hancock Center view skyscrapers Lake Michigan
From above: Art and museums:
Chicago loop bean scultpure downtown skyscrapers
Chicago skyline Lake Michigan view
Neighborhoods:
Chicago Frannk Lloyd Wright house
Chicago Wrigley field baseball cap cubs field
Food and Pizza:

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