Chicago Warming Centers: 113 Places to Escape the Cold This Winter

Winter in Chicago, 2013 (David Wilson / Wikimedia Commons)Winter in Chicago, 2013 (David Wilson / Wikimedia Commons)

With snow flurries falling and temperatures dropping Friday, winter weather has announced its arrival, even if the official start of the season is still weeks away.

For residents seeking refuge from the cold, Chicago's Department of Family and Support Services provides warming centers at 113 public buildings, including community and senior centers, police stations and libraries.

Chicagoans can locate the warming center nearest to them by calling 311 or by viewing an online map. (See a list of the warming centers here.)

Operating hours vary from location to location, so it’s best to call or check the map for full details.

Residents seeking to escape the cold at night can call 311 to find one of the city’s overnight shelters.

Contact Alex Ruppenthal: @arupp | (773) 509-5623

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