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How is the Weather in Chicago in February

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This post is an overview of the February weather in Chicago, including snow and precipitation forecasts, as well as tips on how to dress and things to do.

While the winter has not passed yet, February is a little warmer and sunnier than January.  Do not let the winter weather scare you away though, as there is still a lot to enjoy this month in the city, and if you come prepared the cold will not hold you back.

If you're going to be in town beyond the end of the month, make sure to check our post on the Chicago weather in March as well.


HOW COLD IS CHICAGO IN FEBRUARY?

In February, the temperatures reach between 30 °F and 40°F (-1 - 5 °C), with an average high of 35 °F (2 °C).  On the other end, the average low this month is 20 °F (-7°C). 

Average Temperatures in February in Chicago

The city continues to warm up throughout this short month though, and by the end of February the temperature has risen to about 9°F (5 °C) from where it started, and an average of 3 days will reach into the 50’s °F (over 10 °C). 

Most nights the temperature will fall below freezing.

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HOW MUCH SUN AND RAIN?

The sun shines an average of 6 clear days and about 7 days of rain. The rest of the month will see cloudy or snowy conditions.

How much Rain and Snow in Chicago in February

HOW MUCH DOES IT SNOW IN CHICAGO IN FEBRUARY?

While the snowfall is different every year, in February the city sees an average of 9.1 inches (23.1 cm) of snowfall.

Chicago usually will have at least an inch (2.5 cm) of snowfall that will stay on the ground for about 12 days.


WHAT TO WEAR IN FEBRUARY?

Chicago in February is cold so you'll want to wear warm winter clothes such as thick jackets, scarves, hats, gloves and winter boots. Waterproof gear is good idea to help keep you warm even in the snow.

We run tours all year round and some of our special Winter tours even utilize indoor options so its always wise to have some layers.

What to Wear in Chicago in February

WHAT TO DO IN CHICAGO IN FEBRUARY?

Below are 9 top things to do in  February in Chicago.

But, be sure to read our full post on what to do in Chicago in February, 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  February in our main post.


SEASONAL OUTLOOK

January to March 2023 Chicago

There is a 78% chance for normal to above normal temperatures with a 72% chance for normal to above normal rainfall.


Fred Pickhardt
Ocean Weather Services

About The Author

Mel

Mel loves to be a tourist in her own city. With a background in performing arts, tourism, and photography, giving tours and being a story-teller comes naturally to her. She loves traveling, food, and theatre. Mel splits her time between Chicago and Los Angeles (#theatrelife) and leads tours and manages both cities!
Updated: April 4th, 2022
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