Seniors Suffer Through Heat At North Side High Rise

Steve Miller
May 28, 2018 - 1:16 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) --  It's been a hot holiday weekend - and seniors who live at a Near North Side high rise say they have been suffering through sweltering heat because the air conditioning is out in their apartments.

There are more than 300 units at the 20-story Maple Pointe Apartments for seniors on Maple near LaSalle.

And residents say the temperature started rising uncomfortably on Friday inside their homes.

"It's terrible," one resident said. "It's been hot over the whole weekend.  In your apartment, sweat is dripping off you. You're lethargic. All you can do is lie down on the couch. We can't do anything. It is miserable. Shades are not helping. It's just terrible."

"The temperature in the apartment is 89 degrees,"another woman said.

WBBM Newsradio talked to those two women as they were leaving to spend the day in an air conditioned mall to escape their apartments.

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"It's unbelievable," one of the women said. "I've had to leave the house three days in the row - to got to the mall. To go somewhere to sit to get air. And we come back when it's dark. And you can't sleep until 11 or 12 o'clock at night because it's awful."

"It's unbearable," said her friend.

Residents said the building has brought in cooling units and fans in the common areas, but some say that isn't doing any good for seniors confined to their apartments.

WBBM has reached out to Maple Pointe Apartments management, who did not immediately respond.

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