This year may be the coldest Chicago winter you can remember, but is it really the worst? With the help of National Weather Service data and the Tribune's archives, RedEye ranked 10 of Chicago’s toughest winters since the 1900s.
A Chicago Daily Tribune news clipping from 1904.
Still the coldest winter on record.
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2. The Blizzard of 1967
Tom Hall, of the Chicago Tribune, makes his way to work on North Michigan Avenue using snowshoes Jan. 27, 1967. (James Quinn/ Chicago Tribune)
A record-setting, metric butt ton of snow.
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3. December 1983
Fingers of ice at the Fullerton Avenue Beach point to a scene looking north of the lakeshore and downtown skyscrapers on Dec 7, 1983. (Chicago Tribune)
The temperature didn’t breach zero for 98 hours, or 196 Family Ties re-runs.
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4. The Blizzard of 1979
Springfield Street at Augusta Clean up after major Blizzard c Jan 1979 (Tribune file photo)
So much snow, the CTA needed the El trains to plow their own tracks.
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5. Jan. 1-3, 1999
A squad car has a hard time in the snow.(John Dziekan / Chicago Tribune)
Happy New Year. Here’s 21.6 inches of snow.
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The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs during the 1918 World Series in September at Comiskey Park in Chicago (Getty Images file)
A banner year: the Chicago Cubs lost the World Series, the Spanish influenza hit, and the city got 42 inches of snow in January.
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7. 2014, the Year of #Chiberia
Views of subzero weather in Chicago from the John Hancock Building on Jan. 7, 2014. (Alex Garcia/Chicago Tribune)
a.k.a. That time your roommate came home with frostnip.
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8. The 2011 “Snowpocalypse”
A man walks among stranded vehicles on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago on Feb. 2, 2011. (Reuters file photo)
Mayor Richard M. Daley to city: One, two, three, not it.
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Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails performs onstage during the 56th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2014 (Getty Images)
Nine Inch Nails dropped Pretty Hate Machine and Chicago dropped 6 inches of snow in October.
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The arctic cold sculpts the lakefront at North Avenue into glacial pieces of art on January 20, 1985. (Chicago Tribune)
The year of Chicago’s all-time coldest day (minus 27 degrees), and all-time best football season. Da Brrrs.