USCG Station Calumet Harbor
4001 E. 98th St., Chicago, IL 60617
In Chicago, the summers are warm, humid, and wet; the winters are freezing and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 22°F to 83°F and is rarely below 5°F or above 91°F.
The warm season lasts for 3.6 months, from June 3 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 73°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 83°F and low of 71°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from December 2 to March 9, with an average daily high temperature below 43°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 22°F and high of 33°F.
The wetter season lasts 7.0 months, from March 29 to October 31, with a greater than 26% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 37% on May 27.
The drier season lasts 5.0 months, from October 31 to March 29. The smallest chance of a wet day is 15% on January 30.
Cost of Living
In Chicago, IL, the overall cost of living index is 113, which is 14% higher than the Illinois average and 13% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Chicago, IL, the city’s goods and services are 14% higher than the Illinois average and 15% higher than the U.S. average.
Getting to Know the Area
Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the United States. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works.
Oak Park has more examples from architect Frank Lloyd Wright than anywhere in the world. From private residences like three Queen Anne-style “Bootleg Houses” to public-access properties like the unprecedented Unity Temple, see the evolution of his Prairie architecture style. Stop by his inspiring home and studio, the low and long Frank W. Thomas House or the medieval Tudor Revival-style Nathan G. Moore House.
Discover “the sound of summer” at Ravinia Festival, Chicagoland’s premier outdoor concert-park. Summer home of the renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra and host to acts like Maroon 5 and The Judds, Ravinia has stars on the stage and stars in the sky – plus restaurants, a carousel and a sculpture walk.
25 miles northwest of downtown (Schaumburg, Illinois), step into the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Get lost in all things LEGO. Reach out and touch the stars in 4-D cinema, ride a dragon through the Medieval LEGO Castle, see iconic Chicago landmarks in MINILAND, learn top LEGO-building secrets and more at this popular family attraction.
If Legos aren’t your thing, 25 miles north of downtown – in Glencoe, you’ll find the Chicago Botanical Gardens. Nine islands, four natural habitats, 24 gardens and 384 acres filled with flowers, scenic waterfalls, native prairies and warm greenhouses – its all here at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Even better? This picturesque paradise offers tours that are completely customizable to your interests.
Between scenic overlooks of the Illinois River, waterfalls, bluffs and canyons dominate the stunning landscape at Starved Rock. Check out the fascinating rock formations, primarily St. Peter sandstone, laid down in a huge shallow inland sea more than 425 million years ago and later brought to the surface. Hike, fish, camp, take to the waters or dive into winter sports – activities abound year round.
One of four US presidents to reside in Illinois before life in the White House, Abraham Lincoln was the nation’s 16th president and the leader’s hometown of Springfield boasts the largest concentration of Lincoln sites in the state. At the Presidential Library and Museum, watch his entire life story play out under one roof – from a TV control room on Election Night 1860, the Blue Room of the White House, an Indiana log cabin and Ford’s Theatre.