Originally posted January 2022, last updated December 2022.
Chicagoans should call 3-1-1 if they need weather-related assistance in frigid winter weather, including access to homeless shelters or city warming centers.
Here is a list of warming centers in the city:
Englewood Community Service Center
1140 West 79th Street, Chicago, IL 60620
Garfield Community Service Center (only shelter open at night and on weekends)
10 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612
Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Center
4314 South Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60653
North Area Community Service Center
845 West Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640
South Chicago Community Service Center
8650 South Commercial Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617
Trina Davila Community Service Center
4312 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60639
In addition to functioning as a warming center, Garfield Community Service Center at 10 South Kedzie Avenue is open 24-hours day, seven days a week to connect families and residents to emergency shelter.
Chicago residents can also seek shelter at Chicago Public Library locations and select Park District buildings during business hours. Library locations and hours of operations available here. Park District information is available here.
Older adults are welcome at one of the city’s 21 Senior Centers. Location and hours are available here.
In the suburbs, people can contact police non-emergency numbers to ask about warming centers, many of which are housed in police station lobbies and libraries. To find a warming center statewide, see www.keepwarm.illinois.gov
People experiencing homelessness can seek legal aid by calling the CCH Law Project at 1 (800) 940-1119.