During dangerous weather conditions in the summer, it is important to find a safe and cool place as high temperatures and humidity could put your life at risk if you do not prevent in advance.
The city of Chicago has different cooling centers which serve as a refuge if you do not have air conditioning.
Cook County residents can also go to these locations to cool off during the intense summer heat. More information here.
The cooling centers will be open from 8:30 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, while the oases will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Englewood Center – 1140 W. 79th Street
- Garfield Center – 10 S. Kedzie Ave.
- King Center – 4314 S. Cottage Grove
- North Area Center – 845 W. Wilson Ave.
- South Chicago Center – 8650 S. Commercial Ave.
- Trina Davila Center – 4312 W. North Ave.
If you need help or more information you can call 3-1-1.
Also, the Chicago Park District will activate its fountains and sprinklers in play areas during hot days.
The Chicago Office of Emergency Management (OEMC) offers the following recommendations for intense heat.
- Stay well hydrated, drink plenty of water, avoid caffeine, alcohol, and sodas.
- Take shelter indoors, if you don’t have air conditioning, close the curtains for shade, but leave the windows slightly open.
- Keep the lights off and minimize the use of the oven and stove.
- Wear light cotton, light-colored clothing.
- Do not leave pets in parked cars.
- Check that relatives, neighbors, and seniors are well.