What is the Weather like in Chicago in April

This post is an overview of the April weather in Chicago, including snow and precipitation forecasts, as well as tips on how to dress and things to do. Be sure to look into weather in March and June as well.


HOW COLD IS CHICAGO IN APRIL?

Weather in April is generally pleasant, after the months of winter that Chicago has experienced.  You will want to be prepared for the weather so that you can properly pack, and so that nothing can hold you back during your stay in the city. The temperatures reach between 55 °F and 63°F (13-17°C), with an average high of 59 °F (15 °C). 

On the other end, the average low this month is 39 °F (4°C).  the temperatures really warm up this month, and by the end of April the temperature has risen 12°F (7°C) from where it started. 

Most days, temps will peak over 40 °F (4 °C), with about half the days this month even reaching up to the 60s °F (over 15 °C).

 


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HOW MUCH SUN AND RAIN?

Chicago sees some spring showers this month, receiving about 3.4 inches (86 mm) of total precipitation over an average of 12 days.

The sun shines 50% of the day, with an average of 6 clear days.  The humidity this month peaks at 77%, with an average of 65% humidity. April is historically the windiest month of the year, with an average wind speed of 11.9 mph (19.2 kph). 


HOW MUCH DOES IT SNOW IN CHICAGO IN APRIL?

Though it has snowed in April in the past, it is rare!


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WHAT TO WEAR IN APRIL?

April is historically windy and rainy so a good weatherproof jacket is a must, as is an umbrella. You’ll still want warm clothes especially if you’ll be joining us on evening walking tours.


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WHAT TO DO IN CHICAGO IN APRIL?

Below are the top things to do in  April in Chicago. But, be sure to read our full post on what to do in Chicago in April, which includes free things to do, night and family-friendly activities and attractions, as well as our definitive post on the best things to do in Chicago.

And if you are planning on visiting many of Chicago’s top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount pass as you could save up to 50% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants.

 

City Passes Chicago

  1. Greek Parade
  2. Mexican Children’s Day Festival
  3. Check out a Baseball Game
  4. Celebrate Easter
  5. Lake FX Festival
  6. Go for a bike ride along the shore
  7. blueSHOUT
  8. Comic and Entertainment Expo
  9. Take a Walking Tour
  10. International Pop Overthrow

Be sure to check out all the top things to do in  April in our main post.


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Fred Pickhardt
Ocean Weather Services