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.
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).
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).
Though it has snowed in April in the past, it is rare!
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.
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.
Be sure to check out all the top things to do in April in our main post.
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