This post is an overview of the November weather in Chicago, including snow and precipitation forecasts, as well as tips on how to dress and things to do.
As a retired meteorologist turned tour guide, I didn't expect that I would use my experience as a forecaster in my new career in tourism.
But here I am, finding myself answering more weather questions as a blogger than I ever did as a weatherman.
So, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the weather in Chicago in November, with a seasonal forecast for 2023.
- How Much Sun, Rain and Snow
- What to Wear
- Things to Do
- Seasonal Outlook
- Free Tours by Foot
HOW COLD IS CHICAGO IN NOVEMBER?
Chicago continues to cool during this month, and by the end of November, the temperature has often dropped 15 °F (9 °C) from where it started.
The temperatures reach between 44 °F and 53 °F (7-11 °C), with an average high of 48 °F (9 °C).
On the other end, the average low this month is 32 °F (0°C), with a couple of days remaining below freezing.
An average of 5 days will reach above 60 °F (16 °C).
HOW MUCH RAIN/SUN?
During this month, the city often sees 3.2 inches (80 mm) of precipitation, whether that is rain or snow!
November is also the cloudiest month of the year.
The sun shines about 38% of the day, with only an average of 5 clear days.
This month is also windier than most, with the average wind speed being 11.1 mph (17.9 kph).
DOES IT SNOW IN NOVEMBER?
It usually snows about 2 days in November with only about 2" total of snow falling.
Seasonal Outlook 2023 - October to December
There is a 72% chance for normal to above-normal temperatures with near-normal rainfall.
WHAT TO WEAR IN NOVEMBER?
With dropping temperatures this month, you will want to pack appropriately.
While the weather in Chicago is never a guarantee, the key in Chicago is layering!
There are many outdoor and indoor activities to take advantage of, so you will want to be prepared for both.
Near the beginning of the month, a lighter jacket might be sufficient, but by the end, you will want a medium to heavy jacket to keep you comfortable.
Beyond bringing warm jackets, this month is when you will want to come prepared with winter hats and gloves, especially near the end of November.
Chicago is a very walkable city, so included in your suitcase should be comfortable walking shoes. Ankle boots are perfect for this month.
WHAT TO DO IN CHICAGO IN NOVEMBER?
Below are the top things to do in November in Chicago.
But, be sure to read our full post on what to do in Chicago in November which includes free things to do, night and family-friendly activities and attractions.
We also have a post on the best things to do in Chicago any time of the year.
And if you are planning on visiting many of Chicago's top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount pass.
Tourist passes could save up to 55% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants.
- Go to a football or hockey game.
- See a major touring artist in concert.
- Go on a walking tour of the city.
- See a popular Off-Broadway Musical.
- Go to the Lycee French Market for art and food.
- Attend the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design fair.
- Explore the food and drink festivals.
- Enjoy the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- See the Christmas lights turn on all around the city.
- Save up to 50% with a tourist discount pass.
Be sure to check out all the top things to do in November in our main post.
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