Chicago Time Now
The current local time in Chicago is considered to be 56 minutes ahead of apparent solar time. It is 5 hours behind the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-5) during Central Daylight Time (CDT). The standard time usually begins on 5th November 2017 and uses the Central Standard Time (CST), 6 hours behind UTC. Most of the zones use the daylight saving time (DST) during summer and shifts five hours behind UTC after changing to the CDT. There are other moments when the standard time becomes active and is used in several regions across the United States and Canada.
Using the time converter, you can easily determine the time difference between Chicago and other cities. The Central Standard Time is used during the standard time in Central America and North America. Eastern, Illinois utilizes the Daylight Saving Time (DST). The DST began on 12th March 2017 at 02:00 local standard time and will be ending on 5th November 2017 02:00 local daylight time. The standard time is used to represent the summer time in Chicago while the daylight time is the Chicago winter time. The standard time zone at Chicago is GMT/UTC -6 and the DST in use are +1 Hour. This gives a current time zone offset of GMT/UTC -5.