The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning effective until 12:00 noon on Thursday.
Dangerously cold wind chills as low as 20-30 below zero are expected today and wind chills as low as 50-55 below zero are expected tonight through Thursday morning. The wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 5 minutes and there is an increased risk of hypothermia. Gusty winds and blowing snow could result in significantly reduced visibility and hazardous travel.
Governor Pritzker has declared a state of emergency.
My 49th Ward Service Office will be open tomorrow (Wednesday), though we will close at 5:00 p.m. rather than our customary 7:00 p.m. Wednesday closing time. We will be open regular hours on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. My hardy 49th Ward staff assistants and my Ward Streets and Sanitation Superintendent, Dan Murphy, will be at work and ready to serve.
Please check in on at-risk and elderly neighbors. Even properly functioning heating systems may struggle to combat the freezing temperatures.
The City of Chicago operates six warming centers which will extend their hours through Thursday to be open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Chicago Park District has announced 62 locations that will serve as additional warming centers. All City shelters will be open 24 hours a day instead over overnight only.
Warming Centers in Rogers Park
24th District Police Station, 6464 N. Clark (open 24 hours a day)
Rogers Park Library, 6930 N. Clark (Wednesday: 12 noon-8:00 p.m.; Thursday: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.)
Loyola Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf, at the lake (9:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.)
Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges, other universities closed
Chicago Public Schools announced all CPS schools will be closed Wednesday and Thursday due to the extreme temperatures. See cps.edu for the latest updates. Loyola University announced classes will be cancelled from 5:00 p.m. Tuesday to 12:00 noon Thursday. City Colleges of Chicago will be closed Wednesday and will announce the status of Thursday classes tomorrow.
The Chicago Park District will be hosting activities for kids tomorrow and Thursday as a result of the CPS closure.
Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains will be running, although the CTA advises commuters allow extra time for their trips. Know your routes (and alternates) and stay indoors if possible until your bus or train is approaching. Check service alerts.
Chicago Heat Ordinance
By law, all apartments must be heated to at least 68 degrees during the day (8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.) and 66 degrees at night (10:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.). If you do not have heat in your unit, please call my Ward Service Office at 773-338-5796 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If it is after work hours, call 311.
With this week’s Arctic weather, even properly functioning systems may not be able to keep up. If warm air is coming out of the vents or radiators are hot, but the indoor temperature is still slowly falling, there may not be much that can be done until temperatures warm up. If you opt to supplement your heating system, please use space heaters or devices designed to safely heat homes and monitor them properly.
DO NOT run your stove or oven to provide additional heat.
To keep pipes from freezing, turn faucets on to a slow drip, especially for pipes running on exterior walls.
City crews have been working around the clock to keep our roads as safe and clear as possible, but please understand that road salt is not as effective in breaking down snow and ice when the temperatures are below zero. With that said, temperatures are expected to reach the upper 30s on Saturday and the low 40s this Sunday. In the meantime, be safe and stay warm.