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Old 05-26-2012, 07:08 AM
 
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I do not agree. I think we have more good weather...the past year has been splendid to me. Basically April through November can be pleasant. It can be hot in July and part of August, and you can get rain and cold spells in April. Our best weather is in May Sept and October which are glorious in my opinion. Sept is our best month. Even Nov. has been good in recent years. Dec can be dark and kind of gloomy at times but most are wrapped up in holiday prep so that passes fast. Jan and Feb can be cold and snowy and March can drag on but this year was good. I love the weather here and love the change in seasons. I also love that the sun comes up early and is in your face at six am. You do not get that at the coasts where you have to wait for the coastal fog to burn off. Ps good weather to me is any thing 55-75 degrees and dry. Anything lower or higher is not as good. Bearable cold is anything 35 or above. Once it dips below this into the twenties or teens it is unpleasant to be outdoors. JMHO
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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98-degree forecast for tomorrow...
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Uptown
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I find that it is not that the winters are so harsh but that they last so long. Spring is very late coming in Chicago.
lol, not really...warmest march of all time
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL SouthWest Suburbs
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Not so much the cold and snow but the getting dark at 5pm is the killer.
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:52 AM
 
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lol, not really...warmest march of all time
"Warmest of all time" is not exactly representative.

Springs are terrible in Chicago, especially if you live near Lake Michigan. It is my only complaint about the city.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:07 AM
 
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Not so much the cold and snow but the getting dark at 5pm is the killer.
Agreed. That is the tough part of winters, but I guess that's pretty universal anywhere you live.

To the OP--the winter is overhyped here IMO, although occasionally you'll get some crazy cold weather. I have a good friend who moved here from NYC a few years back. She is constantly joking about how her friends in NY say "it SO cold" in Chicago, when in reality you're splitting hairs if you're coming from the Northeast. It may be a *little* colder, but not definitively so. DC is milder, but hell..I lived 4 hours south of DC in Raleigh/Durham for 8 years, and it's just not an issue. Plus summers in DC and much of the eastern seaboard are crazy hot/muggy. Chicago on the lake in the summer is a damn dream compared to most of the Northeast.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:21 AM
 
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Some winters are bad some are good. Before this past winter, it seems like they were mostly bad lately. This past winter never really got going. I can only recall one brief period were the highs were only in the teens.

On average Chicago does not get too much snow (we are on the wrong side of the lake for that); but it can get quite cold for long periods. I walk 20 minutes to work so I do not like the cold, but when it's cold I wear a ski mask, a hoddie, a down parka, long underwear and boots. If it's below zero or in the single digits with a wind chill, I'll add another sweat shirt or sweater. And two pairs of gloves. That keeps me warm.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:26 AM
 
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The average January low for NY is 27. The average January low for Chicago is 18.
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Agreed. That is the tough part of winters, but I guess that's pretty universal anywhere you live.

To the OP--the winter is overhyped here IMO, although occasionally you'll get some crazy cold weather. I have a good friend who moved here from NYC a few years back. She is constantly joking about how her friends in NY say "it SO cold" in Chicago, when in reality you're splitting hairs if you're coming from the Northeast. It may be a *little* colder, but not definitively so. DC is milder, but hell..I lived 4 hours south of DC in Raleigh/Durham for 8 years, and it's just not an issue. Plus summers in DC and much of the eastern seaboard are crazy hot/muggy. Chicago on the lake in the summer is a damn dream compared to most of the Northeast.
So true. Winter is overhyped here big time IMO. Before I moved here, that's all I heard about. "The winters here are so bad." Maybe it's because I'm from Minnesota and went to school in Iowa which have MUCH COLDER winters, but I've experienced exactly one day in the winter here where I thought "holy **** it's cold out." A few other days of "alright it's pretty cold out..could be worse though."

There's people living here from all over the world, from places hotter than most anything we have in the US on average, and they do fine in the winter. It might take them a little longer, but there's a lot of people from those places who have been here for years. You'd think that if it was soooo bad that they would move to another big city in a warmer climate. Not the case.
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Chicago - near NW
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We had a whopping three weeks of actual winter this year. I really think if you could handle winters in DC and Philly, you'll be OK here. If you HATED them, you won't be OK. Chicago is colder during winters, but it's not an order-of-magnitude difference, like Bay Area to DC is.

If you need help from winter depression, the best thing I recommend is to live in an apartment with lots of natural light and find places to hang out with large windows, and seating near them.
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