Cold Weather Essentials for Living in Chicago

Whether we want to accept it or not, the days are getting shorter and the temperature is getting colder. Also, is it me or does Chicago get windier in the winter? So cruel. If you want to survive a winter in the windy city there are a few things that you should not do without. If you have any suggestions, tips, or tricks of your own, please leave them in the comments section!

Rain Boots

You’re probably thinking, what? I thought she said cold weather not rain. But go ahead and purchase a nice new pair of beautiful winter boots and at the end of their first winter, let me know how they look. Basically, the snow in Chicago stays white and fluffy for a total of five seconds. After that it turns into slushy black and grey puddles that will ruin even the nicest of winter boots. Yes, there are some days that winter boots will be fine, but on those black slush pit days, I recommend a good pair of black rain boots and some thermal socks or fleece liners. You will be glad when you get to your destination with dry, warm feet.

Smartphone-Friendly Gloves

When I first saw these gloves I thought they looked goofy. You’ve probably seen them, the gloves that have the pointer and thumb fingers with tips that are colored. Well, no matter how goofy they look they are wonderful. The worst thing about commuting in the winter is taking off your gloves to change a song or reply to a text or check when the 156 bus is coming next. If you can keep your gloves on and do all of that at the same time? WIN! Pro Tip: for extra warmth layer the tech-friendly gloves under a nice thick pair of mittens so that even if you have to take the mittens off, your hands are still safe.

Hat/Hood/Earmuffs/Headband – ANYTHING to cover your head

I boycotted wearing anything on my head/ears for my first winter here because I thought that showing up to work with hat hair was worse than just toughing it out. I was wrong. So wrong. The wind in the winter is just not fair and living through last year’s polar vortex I learned my lesson. Even if you only have a hood on your coat, it’s better than nothing. And news flash – every smart person in the office will also have hat hair.

Static Guard

Multiple layers of clothing mean lots of static. Try keeping a can of static guard in your desk for desperate moments. I’ve also been told that a dryer sheet helps.

Humidifier

If you ever wake up on winter mornings with a dry throat, nose or mouth you may need to invest in a humidifier. The air in the winter is ultra dry and the use of heaters only worsens the problem. Sleeping with a humidifier on will help you breathe easier and wake up with less dryness. Many people also invest in travel sizes for their desks at work if their offices are also dry.

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