Chicago has all four seasons.  You'll find things to do at any time of the year here though.  Summer comes with a great deal of street festivals and outside events, while Winters provide an opportunity for snowy adventures, ice skating, and cozy days inside.


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Winter

Chicago is no stranger to major snowstorms and sub-zero temperatures.  February can be particularly cold.  Winter here provides opportunities for both snowy adventures and cozy days inside.  Popular attractions include Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo, Christkindlmarket, and ice skating downtown. You could always hunker down in a dive bar or one of Chicago's many cafes for some warm drinks too.

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Summer

We love Chicago in the Summer.  There's no shortage of things to do outside from May to September.  It can get hot and humid at times, but we're usually ok with that.  You'll find multiple street festivals to attend every weekend (most of which are free), and the patios and beer gardens really come to life during the summer months.

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Used Under Creative Commons Courtesy of Anne Swoboda

Spring

Spring, often long-awaited by Chicagoans, marks the victory of making it through another Chicago winter.  Spring can be a little wet, but it's the sign of better days to come - Summer. In March, Saint Patrick's Day is quite popular; we dye the Chicago River green, and the entire city seems to turn into a party. As it gets warmer, street festivals begins and continue throughout Summer.
 

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Used Under Creative Commons Courtesy of Chris James

Fall

As summer cools down, fall brings in a crisp atmosphere.  The colors change really compliment the city's aesthetics.  Temperatures can dip pretty quickly and sometimes it seems like we skip right over Fall.  Check out the Chicago Marathon in October - thousands of runners and spectators line the streets for this annual event.