Chicago Cooling Centers: Places to Beat the Heat This Summer


With temperatures of 90-plus degrees projected over parts of the next week, Chicagoans could soon be in search of places to escape the heat.

The city of Chicago's Department of Family and Support Services operates six cooling centers for those seeking relief during summer months.

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The air-conditioned facilities are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., though hours and days of service can be extended under extreme conditions. The Garfield Center, located at 10 S. Kedzie Ave., is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect residents to emergency shelter.

Additional city facilities, such as libraries and police stations, might be made available after hours and on weekends or holidays as conditions warrant. 

Below, find a list of the facilities, which are located inside the city's six Community Service Centers. To find the nearest cooling center to you, call 3-1-1. For more information about the cooling centers, along with tips for staying cool during extreme heat, visit the city's website

Englewood Community Service Center, 1140 W. 79th St.

King Community Service Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave. 

South Chicago Community Service Center, 8650 S. Commercial Ave. 

Garfield Community Service Center, 10 S. Kedzie Ave. 

North Area Community Service Center, 845 W. Wilson Ave.

Trina Davila Community Service Center, 4312 W. North Ave.

For those outside the city, Cook County provides cooling centers at 52 locations, all of which are listed here

Contact Alex Ruppenthal: @arupp aruppenthal@wttw.com | (773) 509-5623


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