Heat Watch 2023
Chicago, along with 17 other communities across the country, built a team of resident scientists to measure heat across communities this summer. Factors like humidity, tree coverage, air flow, heavy traffic, humidity, and the density of buildings and concrete each contribute to how intense the heat feels. On July 28, 2023, over three shifts (morning, midday, and evening) volunteers traveled routes with heat sensors on their own cars. Each sensor records temperature, humidity, time, and location. This information is being analyzed and will be used to give Chicago residents and government decision-makers a clearer picture of ways to improve Chicago’s heat safety strategies. And now, the results are in!
Review the results and see how this information will provide Chicago residents and government decision-makers a clearer picture of ways to improve Chicago’s heat safety strategies. Attend our Heat Watch Chicago Report Launch Event with the Heat Watch Chicago team, the Northwestern University Buffett Institute Defusing Disasters Working Group, community partners, and others, on Wednesday, December 13, at 6 pm at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health.
Photo Gallery: Activation Day
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Cool Chi Community Tour
Saturday, December 9
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Southeast Side: Hegewisch and Riverdale
Led by People for Community Recovery and Southeast Environmental Task Force
Cool Chi Community Tour
Friday, December 16
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Southwest Side: North Lawndale and Little Village
Led by Mi Villita Neighbors and Homan Grown L3C
Hear from Mayor Brandon Johnson as he highlights the importance of Heat Watch 2023 and thanks all 550+ volunteers who signed up to participate:
Building Heat Watch Routes
During an extreme heat event, neighborhoods may experience the heat differently.
Throughout the summer, community partners and residents identified places in their neighborhoods that get really warm during the summer or places that are great places to visit for beating the heat. From these points, the Heat Watch team built driving routes that volunteers used on Activation Day. View all 29 routes, with starting points “A” and ending points “B”, as well as starred Activation Day hubs.
Click the image to view the route map at full size.
- Chicago Region Trees Initiative
- Communities Organized to Win
- Let Us Breathe Collective
- Mi Villita Neighbors
- North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council/Greening, Open Space, Water, Soil, and Sustainability
- North Park Village Nature Center
- Northwestern University Defusing Disasters Working Group
- People for Community Recovery
- People’s Response Network