Chicago weather: Snow, cold fail to deter holiday shoppers

December 8, 2013 (CHICAGO)

With two and a half weeks before Christmas, the city was busy. People did not have much of a choice but to get out and get stuff done.

But there is no doubt it took longer to get around and even though the city had its full fleet of snow plows, the streets were still very slick.

The snow was hard to ignore as bundled up State Street shoppers made their way across slippery streets and sidewalks.

"This is very horrible," Nykia Crawford said. "We are in Chicago, we should expect it."

Hailing a cab in heals is not exactly what Chloe Loughlin and her mother had in mind visiting from the UK, they didn't have a choice.

"We arrived Saturday, American Airlines lost our luggage so we were not prepared for this weather at all," Loughlin said.

Cary Hill gave up the fight and decided to walk her bike down the sidewalk rather than risk the snowy streets. While city plows were out, they weren't everywhere.

The snow started falling around noon. While it was dangerous for some, the flakes were perfect for posing in front the Daley Plaza Christmas tree.

The Chriskindl Market was packed as people kept warm with hot chocolate or hot spiced wine.

"I thought it would be less crowded because of the weather but we were wrong," Ed Dowling said.

"It makes you get into the spirit with the snow and everything," said Beth Keathley

"It's the perfect setting for the market," Maria Flores said.

And Bears fans are hoping the cold is the perfect setting for Monday night's prime time game against Dallas. Brad Oakley came in from South Dakota and will be at Soldier Field.

"The weather doesn't bother us. We like it. The Cowboys aren't used to it," he said.

If you are a Bears fan and going to the game, it is expected to be 16 degrees at kick off, without the wind chill.

Travel Impact The snow is having a minor impact at Chicago's airports.

At O'Hare, 140 flights have been cancelled and some flights are experiencing delays of up to two hours.

At Midway about a dozen flights have been cancelled and planes are running between 20 minutes and three hours behind.

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