With temperatures in the single digits and wind chill values as low as 30 degrees below zero expected over the next week, Chicagoans struggling to keep warm have some options.
Several state-owned buildings, including 113 community centers, 62 park fieldhouses, libraries and police stations, open their doors to anyone during daytime hours to provide relief from the cold.
To make sure that Chicagoans can get the relief they need from the cold, Lyft is offering free rides of up to $25 to the city’s warming centers. To access the offer, riders must use promo code CHIJAYDEN19.
Residents can find a warming center by calling 311 or by viewing the city’s online map.
Warming shelters stay open during the day, though their exact operating times vary.
Anyone seeking overnight protection from the cold should call 311 to find one of the city’s 100 shelters.
For those who need to escape the cold outside the city limits, Cook County officials maintain an online list of suburban warming centers.
Residents can also find out about warming centers listed by the state of Illinois online or by calling (847) 411-9276.
For federal workers struggling to pay their heating bills during the partial government shutdown, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is offering winter heating assistance to qualified government employees through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Federal workers can find a complete listing of LIHEAP’s local administering agencies and additional information about the program through their website, or call the LIHEAP toll-free hotline at 1‑877‑411-WARM (9276).