In 1979, Illinois Plunged Into An Arctic Freeze That Makes This Year’s Winter Look Downright Mild

While some days may seem unbearably cold this winter, Illinois is actually having a rather mild season. As we hover around the freezing point, it’s important to remember that it could be much worse. The state has seen an arctic freeze far worse than this.

If your grandparent has ever mentioned how kids today don’t know what it was like when they had to walk through 10 feet of snow to get to school, this is probably why. Back in the ’70s, blizzards and deep freezes were common. Read on for more details.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

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Do you remember the arctic freeze of 1979? Share your experiences in the comments below!