It’s only two weeks into the New Year and Chicagoans are already fighting frigid wind chills. For almost a week, the lows were below zero when the average temperature this time of year is 31 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some people allow their sense of style to shine through all of those layers, but others strive to simply stay warm in the Windy City. Here’s how people on the streets of Chicago’s Loop managed to stay warm, look good or both.
Katie McArton, Lincoln Park, walks up Michigan Avenue in an olive green puffer coat, attempting to stay warm and look professional for a morning full of job interviews. (Mallory Hughes / Medill) Dave Glass, Lincoln Park, opts for simplicity in a matching black beanie and knitted scarf. (Mallory Hughes / Medill) Katy Sakats, Uptown, blends fashion and comfort in her Sorel snow boots. A multicolored infinity scarf adds a much-needed pop to a dark winter coat. (Mallory Hughes / Medill) Layers, layers, layers! Sister Yaa, Austin, stays comfortable in her authentic African attire. (Mallory Hughes / Medill) Cheryl, Chicago, brings out her 25-year-old full-length fur coat on the coldest days. Without a scarf, a blue cashmere sweater and a string of pearls complete this look. (Mallory Hughes / Medill) Dr. Alan Bain, Chicago, sports his own invention: a facemask that protects against the harsh wind but allows the wearer to breathe easily. (Mallory Hughes / Medill) Puffer coats pull through for Lillian Smith, Acadia Square, and Lynn Gordon, Taylor, who spent their afternoon wandering downtown bundled up in matching scarfs and hats. (Mallory Hughes / Medill) Airrion Middlebrook, Rogers Park, is all smiles despite the cold temperatures. A grey bomber hat to match his letter jacket and tennis shoes provide the warmth he needs — without forgetting style. (Mallory Hughes / Medill) With rubber overshoes on top of his dress shoes, Ryan Evans, Lincoln Park, protects them from the winter elements. Tortoise Ray Bans, a light scarf and gloves to match this simple dress coat offer a professional yet warm winter look. (Mallory Hughes / Medill) Stephanie Burke, Lincoln Square, chooses fuzzy earmuffs instead of a hat to keep her hair in place. A plaid scarf and maroon bag in winter’s hottest color spruce up her simple black parka. (Mallory Hughes / Medill)