Chicago Weather in November

Averages By Month

November Overview

Winter is around the corner and the weather in Chicago in November shows that. Be sure to bring warm clothes as temperatures hobble around in the 40s F (single digits C). The sun is only out for 4 hours each day on average but if you are lucky you might spot the first snowflakes with an average of 1 inch (3 cm) of snowfall in November. The Lake Michigan water temperature measures 50°F (10°C) now.

If you are prepared to wear some extra layers, you will certainly be able to get some great deals in November in Chicago as it’s one of the least busy times. Focus on indoor sightseeing and spending time in mallsrestaurants and coffee shops though to stay warm. Thanksgiving is celebrated with a fantastic parade in Chicago. Holiday entertainment also starts in November with the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the Chicago Christkindlmarkt and the Lincoln Park Zoo Lights.

High and Low Temperature in November °F

Water Temperature in November °F

Current Weather Chicago

56°F overcast 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°


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

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 ChicagoSpring 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.

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