It’s cold, and it’s only going to get colder: Temperatures are in the single digits today and will drop below zero tonight.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m. Thursday. With wind chill, temperatures will feel like 10 to 20 below zero today, falling as far as 15 to 25 below zero tonight, it said.
It’s miserable if you’re walking to the train or running between stores to finish your holiday shopping. It’s downright dangerous if your home has inadequate heat and you have nowhere else to go to get warm.
That’s why the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services opens its six heated community service centers when temperatures dip below 32 degrees, according to the City of Chicago. Those warming centers are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, the city said.
The centers generally are not open on holidays or weekends, it said. But hours and days may be extended under extreme cold conditions, and other city facilities may be opened as warming centers during off-hours. That can include senior centers, libraries and park district buildings.
The Garfield Center, 10 S. Kedzie Avenue, also is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to connect residents to supportive services and emergency shelter, according to the city.
Here’s a map of city warming centers:
For more information about your nearest warming center or emergency shelter, to report inadequate heat in a residential building or to request a well-being check for someone else, call 311.
For more cold-weather tips, visit the City of Chicago website.