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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer?
Dallas Summers 107 50.23%
Chicago Winters 106 49.77%
Voters: 213. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-06-2017, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Galewood
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Chicago's winters ain't bad, I mean we're not talking Minneapolis here....
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Old 08-06-2017, 08:56 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Dallas summers.
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:35 AM
 
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One can always put on more layers, however the same does not hold true for removing them.
It really does boil down to this. ^

I strongly dislike weather extremes of any sort, so I can't say I "prefer" either. But with very cold weather, I at least feel empowered to do something about it by wearing more layers. There's no comparable way to minimize the misery of being outdoors in extremely hot temperatures.

On another note, one consideration I don't believe has been mentioned is duration of the extreme season. Let's say I generally feel colder temperatures are more tolerable, but the colder city has six months of very cold temperatures whereas the hotter city only has one or two months of extreme heat, in that case I'm going to prefer the hotter city -- because the hot city would provide the benefit of less total time enduring any weather extreme.

Dallas is extremely hot, but as a pattern I only find it unbearable for three months -- June through August, give or take a few weeks. For the rest of the year, aside from the rare snow/ice storm, the weather is really really nice. To be fair though, I've spent a lot of time in Chicago during the winter, and I did not get the impression the worst of their miserable season generally lasts any longer than a few months either.

I guess there's no clear winner between these two cities in the weather category; they're both juuust miserable enough that ultimately weather probably should not be the deciding factor for choosing one over the other. These are my two favorite U.S. cities; I feel it's a blessing to be in either one. For where I am in my life right now and for the foreseeable future, Dallas works better. But if hypothetically things were to change, I would not refuse to go to Chicago because of the winters alone.

I vote for Chicago winter but only by a hair.
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Old 08-06-2017, 10:12 AM
 
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It really does boil down to this. ^

I strongly dislike weather extremes of any sort, so I can't say I "prefer" either. But with very cold weather, I at least feel empowered to do something about it by wearing more layers. There's no comparable way to minimize the misery of being outdoors in extremely hot temperatures.

On another note, one consideration I don't believe has been mentioned is duration of the extreme season. Let's say I generally feel colder temperatures are more tolerable, but the colder city has six months of very cold temperatures whereas the hotter city only has one or two months of extreme heat, in that case I'm going to prefer the hotter city -- because the hot city would provide the benefit of less total time enduring any weather extreme.

Dallas is extremely hot, but as a pattern I only find it unbearable for three months -- June through August, give or take a few weeks. For the rest of the year, aside from the rare snow/ice storm, the weather is really really nice. To be fair though, I've spent a lot of time in Chicago during the winter, and I did not get the impression the worst of their miserable season generally lasts any longer than a few months either.

I guess there's no clear winner between these two cities in the weather category; they're both juuust miserable enough that ultimately weather probably should not be the deciding factor for choosing one over the other. These are my two favorite U.S. cities; I feel it's a blessing to be in either one. For where I am in my life right now and for the foreseeable future, Dallas works better. But if hypothetically things were to change, I would not refuse to go to Chicago because of the winters alone.

I vote for Chicago winter but only by a hair.
Very true...only two months a year, that I didn't love the weather. Otherwise, a nice seasonal variation. People who live in the warmer climates, like to portray some cities that have winter, as being cold, for 6 months a year...that's rubbish.
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Old 08-06-2017, 10:44 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Chicago weathers by a long shot
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Old 08-06-2017, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Detroit
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Chicago winter by far. You can always add more layers. Plus, I can barely handle Minneapolis summers when the temps climb into the 90s, there's no way I could do Dallas.
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Old 08-06-2017, 11:19 AM
 
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This is tough.. call me a wuss but Chicago winters are brutal, not only is it cold, it's grey and windy almost every day. I lived through two winters there and left. I hear it's been milder recently but when I was there in the early 2000's, it was freezing. With that said I'd still choose Chicago. Dallas as a city does not appeal to me really, I'll suffer through the winter since its few months whereareas living in Dallas is the entire year.
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Old 08-06-2017, 11:22 AM
 
Location: IN
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I would rather deal with heat, humidity and sunshine than 5 or 6 months of darkness, cold, and misery. I say that as a someone who lives in the Chicago suburbs.
I think you also underestimate the unrelenting powerful sun angle at 32N latitude in Dallas. That sun will wear most northerners down fast, meaning it makes the 100F in July feel like 120F in direct sunlight.
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Old 08-06-2017, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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The high temp in Dallas tomorrow will be 86, Tuesday 85 and Wednesday 89. It's not always 105 degrees here. I think people think the Summers here are like Phoenix or Las Vegas. We aren't in the desert.
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Old 08-06-2017, 11:47 AM
 
Location: IN
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The high temp in Dallas tomorrow will be 86, Tuesday 85 and Wednesday 89. It's not always 105 degrees here. I think people think the Summers here are like Phoenix or Las Vegas. We aren't in the desert.
It doesn't matter if high temperatures are in the 80s, the sun angle is still intolerable due to latitude being much too low.
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