Stay Chill With City's Cooling Centers, Open Parks And Online Resources To Combat Rising Summer Temperatures

Craig Dellimore
July 03, 2020 - 12:53 pm
CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- With very hot weather upon us, the city is reminding residents to check on their older or vulnerable neighbors and to stay cool to avoid heat exhaustion or worse.
Officials announced Friday that six cooling centers will be open on the weekdays that have been reconfigured to allow for social distancing, enabling visitors to stay at least six feet apart, according to Rich Guidice, executive director of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
“As always, OEMC will continue to monitor weather conditions, and is prepared to activate plans and alert the public should a situation warrant," Guidice said. 
On July 5, 14 public libraries will open from 1 to 5 p.m. to combat the extreme heat of the holiday weekend, he said. 
Chicago Park District Superintendent Mike Kelly said people should also take advantage of the city parks to stay cool and use the lakefront. However, he reminded people the beach is still closed, as are playgrounds. 
"If you are going to be out on the lakefront, keep moving, wear a mask and stay off the beaches, which also means stay out of the water," Kelly said. 
Officials urged people to check up on their vulnerable neighbors and to never leave pets or kids in the car. 
“The best way to protect yourself against the heat is to drink plenty of water and stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible,” said Chicago Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwday. “While everyone could be at risk of heat-related illness, the elderly, those who live alone, those who are ill and young children are most vulnerable to extreme heat and humidity, so we ask all Chicagoans to make sure to check on them.”
As part of a citywide coordination effort to beat the heat, residents can access services from across the city to help find relief from high temperatures this summer, including the cooling centers, cooling buses, well-being checks through 311 and more.
In addition to the six centers open, Guidice said libraries, park buildings and other city buildings might be used to create more cooling centers if needed.
The following cooling centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. starting July 6 every weekday:
  • Englewood Center1140 W. 79th St.
  • Garfield Center10 S. Kedzie Ave.
  • King Center4314 S. Cottage Grove
  • North Area Center845 W. Wilson Ave.
  • South Chicago Center8650 S. Commercial Ave.
  • Trina Davila Center4312 W. North Ave.

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