This post is an overview of the March weather in Chicago.
We include snow and precipitation forecasts, as well as tips on how to dress and things to do.
- How Much Sun, Rain and Snow
- What to Wear
- Things to Do
- Seasonal Outlook
- Free Tours by Foot
If you're going to be in town either just before or after this month, make sure to check our posts on Chicago weather in February and April as well.
HOW COLD IS CHICAGO IN MARCH?
March begins coldly in Chicago when early morning low temperatures will likely be in the mid-20s F (-4C to -3C).
A few of the colder mornings may drop 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).
As the month progresses, however, the days quickly warm up.
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 DOES IT SNOW IN CHICAGO IN MARCH?
Of the 11 days with precipitation, about 4 will likely have some snow.
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.
WHAT TO WEAR IN MARCH?
Winter wear 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 DO IN CHICAGO IN MARCH?
Below are the top things to do in March in Chicago. Of course, we think you should consider one of our pay-what-you-wish walking tours.
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.
- Attend a concert.
- See a basketball or hockey game.
- Enjoy a theatre performance such as My Fair Lady.
- Go to the Beer Festival at the Field Museum.
- Save money with a discount pass.
- Attend a film festival.
- Go on a sightseeing tour of Chicago.
- Marvel at the Macy's Flower Show displays.
- Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the parade.
- Watch the city dye the river green.
Be sure to check out all the top things to do in March in our main post.