Spring, summer, and fall. Festivals, special events, and beautiful scenery happen every month, and Lake Michigan is picturesque.
Chicago’s elevated train (the “L”) and bus network is expansive and services the city’s neighborhoods, and even some surrounding suburbs (prices start are $2 per bus ride and $2.50 per train ride). It’s also fairly walkable, especially downtown.
January is the coolest month, with an average temperature of 31°F (-0.6°C) and July is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 84°F (28.9°C).
Traffic is thick and rental cars, gas, and parking are expensive. It’s best to stay on public transit. Winters can be especially windy in the Great Lakes region, so be sure to pack a hat and scarf, and wear lots of layers.
Type A (two-prong plug) or Type B (three-prong plug)
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