Lyft is offering free rides to Chicago warming centers through Friday night; Uber through Thursday

Chicago Tribune



Uber also announced a similar offer Tuesday. The company is providing up to four free rides of up to $50 each to Chicago warming shelters with the code “DFSS” through Thursday night.

A company rep confirmed that Uber customers can use their code to help others in need.

The City of Chicago has designated two 24-hour heating centers:

  • King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
  • Garfield Center, 10 S. Kedzie Ave.

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Chicago’s extreme, potentially record-setting cold temperatures Wednesday are already causing ripple effects throughout the city, including CTA advisories, myriad closures and more.

In response to the conditions, the city has opened warming shelters in parks throughout the city, as well as on some CTA buses.

To help those in need of shelter, Lyft announced Tuesday that the company would offer free rides to any warming shelter in the city up to $25 with the code “CHIJAYDEN19.” The “Relief Rides” offer is good for up to two rides and will be valid through Friday night at 11:59 p.m.

Obviously many of the folks who are most in need of shelter might not have a mobile phone or the Lyft app, but any Lyft customer can use their code to call a free ride for someone in need.

A Lyft representative confirmed via email that the ride-share company supports using the offer “to help get members of the homeless community to a warming center,” and that codes can be used remotely.

To locate a warming center nearby, check out this list from the Chicago Parks Department.

If you see someone in the cold this week, they might need a ride.


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