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    Check On Your Neighbors In This Brutally Cold Weather

    As some truly brutal and very cold weather settles on Chicago, I implore you to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, to make sure that heating is working in their homes.  If you or your neighbors have problems with heat, call 3-1-1- immediately. Don’t mess around with this weather, because it can kill.

    Remember that 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 3-1-1.

    Click here for a list of tips and city services and warming centers that will help fight off the bitter cold. 


    A Warming Center is a heated facility where Chicagoans can go to find safe refuge from extreme weather.

    The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates six Warming Centers during work weekdays when temperatures dip below 32 degrees. Additional facilities are opened as needed including Senior Centers, libraries, and Park District buildings. The Warming Centers that DFSS operates are not open on weekday holidays unless specifically indicated. This is why it is so important to contact 3-1-1 for Warming Center information, especially during off hours or on holidays.

    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.

    Call 3-1-1 to locate a Warming Center in your area.