Although Chicago is a fun year-round destination, it’s especially enjoyable in November. You’ll find special Thanksgiving holiday happenings as well as spectacular shopping sales. Plus, the city is all lit up, getting everyone in the holiday spirit, from the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival & Parade to the official Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting.

November weather is not what draws visitors during this late fall month.

The average afternoon highs top out around 47°F, with temps falling to a freezing 32°F on average at night. And then there’s snow; the average for the month is 2.9 inches. Or that could come in the form of cold rain. Either way, it’s wet and frigid.

What to Pack

Because of the colder weather and chilly winds blowing off the lake, it’s important to pack many warm layers. Take a trench coat with a zip-out lining, pea-coat, or lined leather jacket. You might also want gloves and a hat. If you’re staying in the Chicago Loop or Magnificent Mile downtown, you’ll be doing a lot of walking. Bring comfortable shoes or boots to make that a more pleasant, dry experience.