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How is the weather in Chicago in March?

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

 


HOW COLD IS CHICAGO IN MARCH?

March begins cold in Chicago when early morning low temperatures will likely be in the mid-20s F (-4C to -3C) with a few of the colder mornings dropping down to near 15 F (-9C) or less. 

Daytime highs early in the month will tend to be chilly, mostly near 40 F (4-5C). 

 

Average Temperatures in March in Chicago

 

As the month progresses, however, the days quickly warm up and by the end of the month the morning lows are more likely to be in the mid-30s F (1-2C) with afternoon highs in the low to mid-50s F (11-12C).

A few of the warming afternoons can occasionally reach into the upper 60s F (20C) or more. 

Over the years Chicago has seen March temperatures as low as -8 F (-22.2C) to as high as 88 F (31.1C)!


HOW MUCH SUN AND RAIN?

Skies tend to be sunny or at least partly sunny on about 13 days this month so there are ample days to explore this city.

Some precipitation is likely on about 11 days, however, only 1 or 2 days will see significant precipitation of 1/2 inch (13mm) or more.

How much Sun and Rain in Chicago in March  


HOW MUCH DOES IT SNOW IN CHICAGO IN MARCH?

Of the 11 days with precipitation, about 4 will likely have some snow.


 

WHAT TO WEAR IN MARCH?

Winter ware is still a must here early this month so dress in layers with a medium or heavy jacket and also a warm hat and gloves.

As the month progress, the weather eases a bit so you may only need a light to medium weight jacket or even just a sweater for those warmer days.

What to Wear in March in Chicago


WHAT TO DO IN CHICAGO IN MARCH?

Below are the top things to do in  March in Chicago.

But, be sure to read our full post on what to do in Chicago in March, which includes free things to do, night and family-friendly activities and attractions.

Also take a look at 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.

 You could save up to 50% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants with these services.

 

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  1. Attend a concert.
  2. See a basketball or hockey game.
  3. Enjoy a theatre performance such as My Fair Lady.
  4. Go to the Beer Festival at the Field Museum.
  5. Save money with a discount pass.
  6. Attend a film festival.
  7. Go on a sightseeing tour of Chicago.
  8. Marvel at the Macy's Flower Show displays.
  9. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the parade.
  10. Watch the city dye the river green.

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


 

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: October 12th, 2021
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