The Polar Vortex Is Back! Here’s What You Should Know.
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The polar vortex is back! It’s only November, but it feels like January in Chicago, so it’s important to know what to do in the event you are without heat or have insufficient heat. 
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The Polar Vortex Is Back! Here’s What You Should Know.

The polar vortex is back! It’s only November, but it feels like January in Chicago, so it’s important to know what to do in the event you are without heat or have insufficient heat. 

From September 15th to June 1st, landlords must heat residential buildings to at least 68 degrees during the day and 66 degrees overnight. If you are unable to resolve a heating problem with your landlord, call 311 or call our tenants rights hotline between 1-5PM, M-F at 773-292-4988. You can also send your landlord a 24-hour notice using Squared Away Chicago.

  • If you are worried that your pipes might freeze, leave the tap dripping overnight to ensure they do not freeze. Also, put a towel under your door to help keep the heat inside.
  • If you must, use a space heater to keep warm but DO NOT use your oven to heat your apartment!
  • When it snows, make sure to clear off sidewalks for the elderly, disabled and young children in strollers. For snow removal assistance, call 311 or click HERE
  • Keep extra hats, gloves and scarves with you when you’re on the move. Your extra gloves might save someone’s fingers from frostbite.

Call 3-1-1 to:

  • Request a well-being check for someone suffering due to extreme weather
  • Report inadequate heat in a residential building
  • Learn about programs that assist with home heating costs
  • Connect to shelter and supportive services

A Warming Center is a heated facility where Chicagoans can go to find safe refuge from extreme weather. The Garfield Center, located at 10 S. Kedzie Avenue, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect residents to emergency shelter.

DFSS WARMING CENTERS

9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates six Warming Centers during work weekdays when temperatures dip below 32 degrees. DFSS Warming Centers are not open on weekday holidays unless specifically indicated. Hours and days may be extended under extreme conditions. Additional facilities are opened as needed including Senior Centers, libraries, and Park District buildings, so it is important to call 3-1-1 for information concerning Warming Center locations, especially during off hours and on weekday holidays)

Englewood Center
1140 W. 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60620

Garfield Center (Open 24/7)
10 S. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612

King Center
4314 S. Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL 60653

North Area (Effective December 17th, 2013)
845 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

South Chicago
8650 S. Commercial Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617

Trina Davila
4357 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639

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