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Top 10 Chicago by Elaine Glusac, Elisa Kronish

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Planning Your Trip

1. When to Go

For a moderate climate, the best time to visit is spring or fall. But if you can bear the bitter cold of the festive season you’ll see Chicago sparkle with Christmas lights – and you’ll have a lot fewer tourists to contend with. Summer sees street festivals and live music in the parks. Avoid visiting in November, when hotels are full of conventioneers.

2. Weather

Chicago winters are usually intemperate with heavy snow and temperatures ranging from 13° F (-9° C) to 37° F (4° C). Summer days can be anything from balmy to boiling, averaging 69° F (22° C) to 84° F (30° C). Extremes, like winter blizzards, heavy spring rains, and summer heat waves are not uncommon, with spring-time weather being particularly changeable. ...

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