Chicago Weather in January

Averages By Month

January Overview

January is the coldest month in Chicago as even during the day it doesn’t get warmer than 32°F (0°C). At night temperatures can even drop to 22°F (-6°C). Combined with the winds, it does feel really cold. January is also the snowiest month with an average of 11 inches (27 cm) of snowfall. The sun shines for 4 hours each day and the Lake Michigan water temperature measures 40°F (4°C).

Well, it is cold in January in Chicago but on the upside it’s the time to visit to get the best deals on hotels. And you can still enjoy it and warm up at some indoor sightseeing venues such the Art Institute or the Museum of Science and Industry. And if you are into winter sports you can combine your city trip with heading out to one of the nearby winter resorts. Still on in early January are the Lincoln Park Zoo Lights as well as the Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest.

High and Low Temperature in January °F

Water Temperature in January °F

Current Weather Chicago

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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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