Chicago cooling centers open amid extreme heat

Cooling centers opened up over the weekend as Chicago prepares for a week-long heatwave. 

The Chicago area will see temperatures in the 90s for the remainder of the week with heat indices approaching 105 degrees Monday. 

The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) activated cooling centers at the city’s six community service centers.

The following locations are open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

  • Englewood Center – 1140 W. 79th Street
  • 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.

The Garfield Community Service Center at 10 South Kedzie is open 24-7 to connect families and residents to emergency shelter. 


Chicago weather: Heatwave could result in record-high temps

Chicago will be hit by a heatwave this week.

Residents can also cool off at Chicago Public Library locations during their normal hours, as well as city pools and splash pads

For those outside of the city, the Cook County Government website offers a complete list of cooling centers in the surrounding area. 

During extreme heat, residents are reminded to: 

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Stay inside, if you do not have air conditioning, keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but windows slightly open
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle
  • Take pets indoors and make sure they have plenty of water
  • Check on elderly neighbors and those with functional needs
  • Minimize use of your oven and stove
  • Wear loose, light, cotton clothing
  • Take cool baths and showers

For more information about Chicago cooling areas, call 311.