Oppressive summer heat is more than uncomfortable. High temperatures and humidity can pose a health and safety threat. The City of Chicago has many services available to help residents cope safely with extreme weather conditions.
Call 311 TO:
- Locate a Cooling Center near you.
- Request a well-being check for someone who may be suffering from the heat.
- Register for the City’s Extreme Weather Notification System.
Hot Weather Tips:
- Drink lots of water and natural juices; avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and sodas.
- Avoid going outside in extreme heat.
- If you don’t have air conditioning, keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but windows slightly open.
- Keep electric lights off or turned down.
- Minimize use of your oven and stove.
- Wear loose, light, cotton clothing.
- Take cool baths and showers.
- Don’t leave anyone (including pets) in a parked car, even for a few minutes.
Check on relatives, neighbors and friends. If you are unable to make contact, call 3-1-1 and request a well-being check.
A Cooling Center is an air-conditioned facility where Chicago residents can go to find relief from extreme heat.
During the summer months, the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services operates six cooling centers located inside of the City’s six Community Service Centers.
Additional City facilities including libraries, police stations or other structures might be made available after hours, on weekends, or on holidays, as conditions warrant.
Chicago’s seniors can stay cool when they use our 21 Senior Centers during their regular hours of operation.
The Garfield Center, located at 10 S. Kedzie, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect residents to emergency shelter.
To learn the location of the closest available Cooling Center at any given time, call 3-1-1.
DFSS Cooling Centers
9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday
(Hours and days of service could be extended under extreme conditions. Other City facilities might be designated as Cooling Centers during off days or hours. DFSS Cooling Centers are not open on weekday holidays unless specifically indicated. For the most current Cooling Center information at any time, call 3-1-1.)
North Area Center
845 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Download the Cooling Center flyer