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With extremely cold weather incoming, warming centers are opening throughout Chicago

Written by
Marty Johnson

The high temperature in Chicago on Friday was a balmy 7 degrees Fahrenheit, but with the wind chill factored in, it felt like -5 degrees. In other words, Chicago was colder than Reykjavik, Montreal, Anchorage, Kiev, Moscow and Antarctica. Chicago isn’t just cold, it’s dangerously cold. And it’s only going to get colder in the coming days, with AccuWeather predicting a high of -8 degrees on Wednesday, January 30 (which could feel as cold as -37 degrees thanks to wind chill). In preparation for the continuing freeze, the Chicago Park District is turning 62 public park field houses into warming centers for the remainder of the winter.

The warming centers will be open during the normal operating hours of the park in which they are located. Hours vary from park to park, so make sure to either call ahead or visit the Chicago Park District website for more details. Take a look at the complete list of warming centers below and make sure to pass this information on to any Chicagoans in need of a place to stay out of the elements.

Ada Park, 11250 S Ada St

Altgeld Park, 515 S Washtenaw Ave

Amundsen Park, 62 W Bloomingdale Ave

Austin Town Hall Park, 5610 W Lake St

Avalon Park, 1215 E 83rd St

Bessemer Park, 8930 S Muskegon Ave

Blackhawk Park, 2318 N Lavergne Ave

Calumet Park, 9801 S Ave "G"

Columbus Park, 500 S Central Ave

Douglas Park, 1401 S Sacramento Ave      

Dvorak Park, 1119 W Cullerton St

Eckhart Park, 1330 W Chicago Ave

Fernwood Park, 10436 S Wallace St

Fosco Park, 1313 S Troop St

Foster Park, 1440 W 84th St

Franklin Park, 4320 W 15th St

Gage Park, 2411 W 55th St

Garfield Park, 100 N Central Park Ave

Gill Park, 825 W Sheridan Rd

Hamilton Park, 513 W 72nd St

Harrison Park, 1824 S Wood St

Hayes Park, 2936 W 85th St

Holstein Park, 2200 N Oakley Ave

Horner Park, 2741 W Montrose

Humboldt Park, 1440 N Sacramento Ave

Jackson Park, 6401 S Stony Island

Kelvyn Park, 4438 W Wrightwood

Kosciuszko Park, 2732 N Avers Ave

La Follette Park, 333 N Laramie Ave

Lincoln Park, 2045 N Lincoln Park West

Loyola Park, 1230 W Greenleaf Ave

Mann Park, 2949 E 131st St

Marquette Park, 6734 S. Kedzie Ave

McFetridge, 3843 N California Ave

McGuane Park, 2901 S Poplar Ave

Mt. Greenwood, 3721 W 111th St

Nash Community Center, 1833 E 71st St

Ogden Park, 429 N Columbus Dr

Olympia Park, 6566 N Avondale

Palmer Park, 201 E 111th St

Ping Tom Park, 300 W 19th St      

Piotrowski Park, 4247 W 31st St

Portage Park, 4100 N Long Ave

Pulaski Park, 1419 W Blackhawk St

Rainbow Beach Park, 3111 E 77th St

Riis Park, 6100 W Fullerton Ave

River Park, 5100 N Francisco

Rowan Park, 11545 S Avenue L

Russell Square Park, 3045 E. 83rd St.

Scottsdale Park, 4637 W 83rd St

Shabbona Park, 6935 W. Addison St

Sheridan Park, 910 S Aberdeen St

Sherwood Park, 507 S Shields

Smith Park, 2526 W Grand Ave

South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S South Shore

Trumbull Park, 2400 E 105th St

Tuley Park, 501 E 90th Pl

Warren Park, 6601 N Western Ave

Washington Park, 5531 S Martin Luther King

Wentworth Gardens, 3770 S Wentworth Ave

West Lawn Park, 4233 W 65th St

West Pullman Park, 401 W 123rd St

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