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A City Guide

A student's guide to exploring Chicago!

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Chicago sits on the western bank of Lake Michigan and is centrally situated in the Midwest region of the United States.  The Midwest enjoys a continental climate generally characterized by hot summers, cold winters and moderate temperatures during spring and fall.  Chicago on average annually sees 10 days above 90°F / 32°C, 140 days below 32°F / 0°C, and 16 days below 0°F / -17°C.  Due to its proximity to Lake Michigan humidity, wind and snow fall are more extreme in Chicago than in other parts of the region.  The lake can also cause severe fluctuation in weather, so checking the weather forecast before you leave home and dressing in layers are always a good ideas! 

For more tips on how to dress for winter visit wikiHow to Survive a Chicago Winter.