Ask ChicagoNow: Why is Chicago so cold?

Ask ChicagoNow: Why is Chicago so cold?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.

With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.

Why is Chicago so cold?

“It’s not so bad. Have you SEEN ‘Dr. Zhivago?'” — Michelle Babicz, Planet Michelle

“You must endure the cold to prove you are worthy of living here.” — Kim Z. Dale, Listing Beyond Forty

“I think it has something to do with Hell having to freeze over before the Cubs could win the World Series.” — Jessica Gardner, Little Merry Sunshine

“It’s only considered cold if you’re NOT from Chicago. We are a hearty bunch and laugh at people that think it’s cold!” — Carole Lago, Inside the Wrapper

“Why is Chicago cold? Because this is what some of us longed for while baking all summer.” — Margaret Laing, Margaret Serious

“Chicago actually isn’t ‘so cold’ relative to other Midwest cities. The lake actually keeps it warmer in winter and cooler in summer because science.” — Michael Messinger, Mysteries of Life

“There needs to be at least one city in the world where weirdos like me — confirmed city dwellers who need the winter to feel human — can congregate.” — Nicolle Neulist, Picks & Ponderings

“Chicago is cold because it is on Lake Michigan and in the upper Midwest. It also has a flat terrain so there are few barriers to keep the wind chill from making it even colder.” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good

“It’s cold here?” — Kim Strickland, A City Mom

“I lived in South Central Pennsylvania for a few years. When I told a local that I was from Chicago, he said, ‘I was there during January once. Thought I was going to freeze to death.’ I asked him, ‘Did you have to walk backwards?’ ‘Walk backwards?’ ‘Yes. Was it painful walking down the street so you had to turn around and walk backwards?’ ‘Well, no.’ ‘Then it wasn’t cold.'” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

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