Written by Dustin Ford
If you’re planning to get out and see the sites around the city, then you might want to pack properly. Fall and Winter can be very uncomfortable if you don’t have the right clothes. This guide will help you on your way to a fantastic touring experience.
Fall in Chicago can be anywhere from 55-65 Fahrenheit and winter can get down to 30. It’s important to have a nice warm coat that you can take on and off in a snap. This is important because it is likely that you will be going in and out of buildings/trains/buses with the heating turned all the way up. You want a big enough to where you will be kept warm, but also small enough to where you can put it in a backpack, which you should also have.
It should be pretty obvious that you will want to wear comfy shoes, as you’ll be walking around a lot during tours. However, I would recommend going one step further by bringing comfortable, water-proof boots. There are icy showers in Chicago often and snow quickly turns into slush. A tour is no place to have cold, wet feet.
Anything that is warm and comfortable is recommended, just make sure you can remove excess clothing with ease. Headwear, extra socks, and gloves are a bonus!
Once you get your backpack, you’ll have to fill it with a couple of things. The most important things to bring include spare cash, a phone charger, and a license. These will help you get around the city easier, whether that be through transit, GPS, or ride-sharing. The license is more for allowing you to get into places. Lastly, a compact umbrella can be a lifesaver from freezing rain.
So there you go, you’re all ready to brave the city!
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