Which US city has the best weather

Climate table Chicago

The cosmopolitan city of Chicago is located in the state of Illinois and is the third largest city in the United States of America with a total of 2.7 million inhabitants. The metropolitan region, which also includes the surrounding regions flying the Chicago flag, is home to almost 10 million people. Located directly on the west side of Lake Michigan, the cosmopolitan city attracts countless tourists every year due to its numerous sights and pulsating flair who are less interested in a classic beach holiday, but in a lot of culture, the exciting center and a view into the heart of the USA. Chicago has had a prominent position as a trading city in the USA since the 19th century. Even today, railroad lines and train lines are irreplaceable for the domestic economy of the USA.

Though Wall Street is instantly remembered when trading, the Chicago Trade is not far from it. With the Mercantile Exchange, the city has the largest commodity futures exchange in the country, which is supplemented by the likewise largest point for commodities and options trading. On a total area of ​​606.1 km², which has a whopping 77 districts, tourists encounter a city that is guaranteed to offer enough excitement for a one or two week vacation. The industrial city is still strongly characterized by economic institutions, which resulted in an exciting silhouette and a varied cityscape.

Climate table Chicago

ø temperature ° CRainydays
Max. Temperature ° C0.63.59.616.621.626.42928.12517.510.52.8
ø temperature ° C-2.9-0.4-0.44.916.321.324.423.72013.16.8-0.8
Min. Temperature ° C-6.4-4.30.161116.219.719.3158.63-4.3
Precipitation (mm)1725405810987959860666231
Hours of sunshine (h / d)224566876552
Humidity (%)868779777775737173737483

Chicago has a so-called continental climate, which is characterized by cold winters and often hot summer months. This makes a trip especially recommended in early summer, directly during the summer months or at the beginning of autumn. In winter, however, Chicago's streets are usually covered by a thick layer of ice and snow. A holiday is then only recommended for die-hard people who are not bothered by icy temperatures.

The optimal travel time focuses on the months May to September. From June to August the maximum temperatures rise to around 26 to 29 degrees with a pronounced sunshine duration of 6 to 8 hours a day. The pleasantly warm weather is complemented by around 12 rainy days, with temperatures rarely really dropping even during these rainy days. The numerous hours of sunshine, coupled with wonderful temperatures, allow a trip to Chicago in May and October - but then the climate is already much milder. During the winter months, the hours of sunshine decrease sharply, at the same time temperatures can drop to around -6 degrees.

Chicago, USA: The current water temperature is 15 ° C

The temperature is too cold for bathing

Travel Destinations & Attractions Chicago

If you want to explore the beautiful side of Chicago, you cannot avoid various theaters and operas on an excursion. The city has had a distinctive theater culture for decades and is even referred to as the home of the theater scene in the USA. One of the most prominent travel destinations is the Civic Opera House. The second largest opera in the USA is home to the Lyric Opera of Chicago and an inescapable destination for lovers of modern and traditional culture. Theaters like the Goodman Theater should also be visited. Almost daily events guarantee that a touch of the typical American theater can be absorbed even during a short journey. The Civic Opera House in particular also inspires fans of architecture. With its voluminous facade, the pompous building marks one of the cornerstones of the city center.

If there is plenty of sunshine and first-class weather, a trip to Navy Pier should definitely find a place in your diary. The approximately one kilometer long pier on Lake Michigan was built about a century ago for 4.5 million US dollars and is now one of Chicago's biggest tourist attractions. Excursion boats, the 47.5 meter high Ferris Wheel, a modern IMAX cinema and the Chicago Children's Museum ensure that a whole day can be spent on Navy Pier without boredom. When the weather is nice and the sunshine is high, Lake Michigan also shines in its unmistakably deep blue, while the mild sea breeze helps you relax and enjoy yourself.

Those who like it a bit bigger can visit the building, which gives Chicago its unique silhouette as a city - the Willis Tower (formerly "Sears Tower"). With a total of 527.3 meters, the skyscraper is the second tallest building in the USA and currently the 10th tallest building in the world. On the “Skydeck”, a visitor platform near the top, Chicago can be viewed and enjoyed in all its glory. The building is primarily used as an office complex, but the visitor platform is open all year round, weather permitting. The tall Willis Tower is one of the most prominent landmarks in the city, because its immense height makes it stand out from the city's silhouette even from a great distance.

The Cloud Gate sculpture in the center should also be mentioned here. With the shape of a mercury drop, this work of art is a sign of the city's modern aura. The "giant candy" reflects the surrounding buildings and the adjacent park. With its unique, almost alien look, the work of art, which was created by the British artist Anish Kapoor between 2004 and 2006, is definitely worth beautiful photos and memories. In total, it consists of a whopping 168 stainless steel plates.

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Chicago Skyline by Monika Thorpe

Civic Opera House by vxla

Navy Pier by Bert Kaufmann

Skydeck Willis Tower by David Berkowitz

Cloud-Gate from alvaro.blanes