Averages for Chicago in December

December in Chicago is winter and this means an extremely cold climate that can be subject to icy winds and snow.  Make sure you layer up your clothes with a warm coat over the top, as winter in Chicago can be brutal. If you're not one for cold weather, Chicago is a city to be avoided in January!

The average daily temperature for Chicago in December is a cold 2°C, and this can drop as low to -8°C on average.

As well as this, Chicago experiences on average onl...

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  • Temperature Temperature -3°C 27°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 2°C 36°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather -8°C 18°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 3 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 63 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 9 days

December in Chicago is winter and this means an extremely cold climate that can be subject to icy winds and snow.  Make sure you layer up your clothes with a warm coat over the top, as winter in Chicago can be brutal. If you're not one for cold weather, Chicago is a city to be avoided in January!

The average daily temperature for Chicago in December is a cold 2°C, and this can drop as low to -8°C on average.

As well as this, Chicago experiences on average only 3 hours of sun per day in December; the shortest days of the year.


The average rainfall experienced in Chicago during this month is 63 mm.

If you're travelling to Chicago at this time of year, be sure to pack some warm clothes, a sufficient winter coat and an umbrella.  Also be aware that the rain can easily turn to snow at this time of the year.  December can experience onaverage 8.98 inches of snow throughout the year.

A different take on the tradition of Christmas caroling is taken with Caroling to the Animals when local chorus groups sing to animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo. You can also see Santa feed the animals.

Another zoo to catch the festive spirit is the Brookfield Zoo with the Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic event, with carolers, a laser light show and Christmal lights among the festivities.

For a more traditional Chirstmas festivity, the Apollo Chorus sing Handel's Messiah at the Symphony Centre.  An arrary of festive goods are sold at Christkindlmarket, at the outdoor European village, with over 44 stalls.

Matzo Ball happens on Christmas Eve is a dance for all the single Jewish people in Chicago over the holidays.

New Years Eve means celebrations across the city with a spectacular fireworks display.

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