Hottest Temperature Record for Each Month of the Year for Chicago
Warmest Temperature Records for Every Month of the Year in Chicago, Illinois
Chicago is one of the great cities of the world and one of the most visited in the United States. For all the people living in Chicago and all the tourists thinking of visiting the city, here is a list of the hottest temperature records for each month of the year.
The list can be very useful for tourists visiting Chicago at any time of the year. Also listed for each month are great places to visit in Chicago during that time of the year.
In addition to the record hottest temperature and places to visit for each month, I'm also listing the date and year when the record was recorded. If you are not familiar with Chicago, you might be surprised by some of the record hottest temperatures for each month.
All the temperature records below are from the National Weather Service and date back to 1872.
January - 67 degrees
The record high temperature for January in Chicago is 67 degrees. That record high was recorded on January 25, 1950.
Since the weather outside can be cold and snowy in January in the city, it is the perfect month to visit the wonderful Art Institute of Chicago. Flanked by its two guarding bronze lions, this 400,000 square foot museum contains hundreds of thousands of world class artworks.
February - 75 degrees
The record hottest temperature in Chicago in February is a balmy 75 degrees. That record temperature was recorded on February 27, 1976.
Another great museum to visit in Chicago while the weather can be cold is the Museum of Science and Industry. This 14 acre museum contains tons of hands on exhibits involving science and business.
March - 88 degrees
The hottest temperature ever recorded in Chicago in March is 88 degrees. That record high occurred on March 29, 1970.
A great place to visit in Chicago in March is the spectacular Willis Tower SkyDeck. Located on the 103rd floor, the SkyDeck offers amazing views of the city below through the glass floor in the glass box and fantastic views looking outward for 40 to 50 miles on a clear day, covering four states and Lake Michigan.
April - 91 degrees
The record high for April of 91 degrees in Chicago has been reached twice. The first time it was 91 degrees in the month was on April 30, 1942 and the second time was on April 22, 1980.
As spring arrives in Chicago, a great sight to see in the city is Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. Every hour from 8 AM until 11 PM, the fountain shoots 15,000 gallons of water skyward through some 200 nozzles every minute, and they light the fountain up at night too (see last image below). It is one of the largest fountains in the world.
May - 98 degrees
The hottest weather temperature ever recorded in Chicago in the month of May is 98 degrees. That record was recorded on May 31, 1934.
A great place to visit in May in Chicago as the weather turns nice is Millennium Park. In the park are great attractions like the 110 ton Cloud Gate sculpture with a mirror-like surface resembling liquid mercury, the Crown Fountain, which spits out water at over-heated visitors through the lips of projected faces of visitors, and the free Lurie Garden.
June - 104 degrees
The record high for June in Chicago is 104 degrees. That record high occurred on June 20, 1988.
June is the perfect month for tourists to go to the legendary Wrigley Field to watch a Chicago Cubs baseball game. Even though the stadium dates back to 1914, it is still one of the best ballparks in the country to watch a major league baseball game.
July - 105 degrees
The all-time record high temperature for Chicago for any month is 105 degrees, which was recorded on July 24, 1934.
July is the perfect month to visit the largest park in Chicago called Lincoln Park, which stretches for seven miles along Lake Michigan. In the park are beaches, fields, jogging paths, bike trails, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Lincoln Park Zoo and an outdoor theater on the lake that features live performances in the summer.
August - 102 degrees
The record high temperature record for August in Chicago is 102 degrees. That record high occurred on August 5, 1918.
August is the perfect month to visit the legendary Navy Pier in Chicago. Filled with shops, restaurants, concert venues and over 50 acres of gardens, the Navy Pier is also home to the 150 foot high Ferris wheel and hosts the annual Chicago Festival every August.
September - 101 degrees
The record high temperature for Chicago in September is 101 degrees, which has occurred twice. The two dates were on September 1 and 2 in 1953.
The weather is still good in Chicago in September and it's a great month to visit the Chicago Riverwalk. The Riverwalk runs along the Chicago River which runs through the city and is crossed by 18 bridges in just a two-mile stretch. There are some great restaurants along the Riverwalk.
October - 94 degrees
The hottest temperature ever recorded in Chicago in the month of October is 84 degrees. That record high was set on October 6, 1963.
A great place to visit in Chicago in October is the Lakefront Trail. The entire 18-mile long trail is paved as it provides a great place in Chicago to walk, run or ride a bike as it passes through four major lakefront parks.
November - 81 degrees
The hottest temperature ever recorded in Chicago in November is 81 degrees. That record high was recorded on November 1, 1950.
As the weather turns in November, a great indoor place to visit in Chicago is the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. Here visitors can see the famed architect's first architectural studio and the adjacent home where he raised his six kids with wife Catherine.
December - 71 degrees
The hottest temperature ever recorded in Chicago in December is a balmy 71 degrees, which has happened twice. The first time it was 71 degrees was on December 3, 1970 and the second time was on December 2, 1982.
December is the perfect month to visit the 360 Chicago observation deck. Located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building, the observation deck includes Chicago's most thrilling experience called Tilt, where visitors are tilted outward over 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile.
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