Chicago, Illinois USA

Chicago from the Air
Chicago Skyline
View of Chicago from Lincoln Park (viewing angle from North to South)

Vital Statistics
Element Attribute
Area230 square kilometers   89 square miles
Surrounding Area9.157.540
Time ZoneGMT - 5 hours
Dialing Code+1
Temperature Mean High Low, January-4   /   00   /   -8C   record low:   -31C   (1985)
Temperature Mean High Low, July24   /   19   /   29C   record high:   39C   (1991)
Temperature > 32C / 90F/td>17 days/year
Temperature < 0C / 32F130 days/year
Annual Snowfall998 cm /   38.5 inches
Annual Days: Rain125
Annual Days: Sunny, Partly Cloudy, Cloudy84 / 105 / 176
Average Wind Speed16.6 km/h or 10.3 mph
Maximum Wind Gust93.3 km/h or 58 mph

Below is a map of where Chicago is located in the United States. Chicago is located 1200 km / 711 miles west of New York City and 2800 km / 1740 miles north and eest of Los Angeles, California. Chicago's global position is 41°50' N 87°37' E It is at the same latitude as Barcelona Spain and Naples Italy. But it is much colder.

Map:USA Entire Map:USA Eastern

Chicago is called 'The Windy City.' The inhabitants call it the 'The Grey City.' Sunny days number less than 25% of the year.

Chicago:Buckingham Fountain Windy Day Chicago's Grant Park from Shedd Aquarium [80kb]
Chicago's Buckingham FountainChicago's Grant Park viewed from Shedd Aquarium

The reputation for windy is well-earned. During the winter, gusts of wind to 93 km/hour are recorded. The city buildings create a wind tunnel. On some days, ropes are placed on sidewalks, so that pedestrians are not blown into the street.

During the summer, the City of Chicago holds many free summer events. Most of the events are located in the Grant Park. Grant Park occupies 1.3 sq km / 319 acres. It sits between the business district of downtown and Lake Michigan, On two sides of Grant Park are  The Adler Planetarium,  Field Museum of Natural History,  Shedd Aquarium,  and Soldier Field, the home of the Chicago Bears (american football) and Chicago Fire (international football).

Chicago's lakefront parks are built on landfill. Northern Illinois University has a web page devoted to this topic. The Chicago Shoreline: NIU Geology 429

Major Chicago Cultural Events

Month Days Event
June3 daysChicago Gospel Music Festival
June4 daysChicago Blues Festival
June2 daysChicago Country Music Festival
June-July10 daysTaste of Chicago (food festival)
July2 daysMayor's Cup Football (soccer) Tournament
July1 daysVentian Night (boat parade)
July-August5 daysChicago Outdoor Film Festival
August2 daysChicago Air & Water Show
August2 daysChicago Latin Music Festival: Viva!
September4 daysChicago Jazz festival

Photo Credits

I didn't have time to take all of my own pictures. Hopefully, I will have a chance to do this in the next year. If you own the original pictures or if your web site has been hyperlinked, and you do not wish to have your pictures republished and/or receive a referral, please send me a note and your information will be removed. Here are the credits:

Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau for the Chicago Skyline
Maps of the USA and World
Chicago Tours, a private company
The City of Chicago: Mayor's Office of Special Events

  • 2004-2005, Stephan Lau-- Chicago Illinois USA