In 1904, Chicago Plunged Into An Arctic Freeze That Makes This Year’s Winter Look Downright Mild

As Chicago yo-yos between freezing and mild temperatures, there are times when it may seem like the coldest winter ever. In reality, though, Chicago has gone through much worse. So much worse, it actually makes this winter look like spring. At least we’ve had some days get over 40 degrees! In 1904, winter was much different.

Arctic temperatures and multiple feet of snow created one ugly Chicago winter. More than one hundred years ago, before anyone alive in Chicago can actually remember, this happened:

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Make the most of this (much more pleasant) winter with a trip to this epic snow sledding hill near Chicago.

What’s the coldest winter you can remember? Share your memories with us in the comments below!