Cooling Areas

Beat the Heat!

Keep Your Cool During Extreme Hot Weather

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, along with officials from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS), Chicago Park District, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and other City departments and sister agencies have made significant advancements to ensure the safety of residents during extreme-weather conditions.
Residents now have access to 284 citywide cooling resources including cooling centerscooling buses, Chicago Park District splash pads and more to get relief from high temperatures and humidity that can pose a health and safety threat.  
A list of all citywide cooling resources can be found: 

The National Weather Service (NWS) will initiate extreme heat alert procedures when the heat index is expected to exceed 105°-110°F (depending on local climate) for at least two consecutive days.  The Office of Emergency Management and Communications will then activate the city’s extreme heat emergency response plan which includes activating City cooling areas. The City also has the ability to open the cooling centers as conditions warrant, but are less extreme than an actual warning or alert by the NWS. 


Cooling areas operate Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours and days of service might be extended as conditions warrant.

Englewood Center
1140 W. 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60621

Garfield Center
10 S. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612

King Center
4314 S. Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL 60653

North Area Center
845 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

South Chicago Center
8650 S. Commercial Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617

Trina Davila Center
4312 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639

Click here to download the cooling center flyer.

Face Covering: Please wear a face covering in City cooling areas. Wearing a face covering helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others.

Physical Distancing: Please practice physical distancing in City Cooling Centers. Physical distancing means keeping 6 feet apart from others.

Limited Capacity & Alternate Locations: Space is limited in City cooling areas due to COVID-19 guidelines on gatherings and physical distancing. Chicago Parks and Libraries also might serve as cooling centers during extreme heat. Check in with your local park, library or police station for cooling center locations & hours.

  • Check on relatives, neighbors and friends. If you are unable to make contact, call 3-1-1 and request a well-being check.
  • Additional cooling area may be available at libraries, parks police stations.
  • The Garfield Center, located at 10 S. Kedzie, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect residents to emergency shelter.
  • To learn the location of the closest available Cooling Center at any given time, call 3-1-1.

Hot Weather Tips:

  • Drink lots of water. Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and sodas.
  • Avoid going outside in extreme heat.
  • If you don’t have air conditioning, keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but windows slightly open.
  • Keep electric lights off or turned down.
  • Minimize use of your oven and stove.
  • Wear loose, light, cotton clothing.
  • Take cool baths and showers.
  • Don’t leave anyone (including pets) in a parked car, even for a few minutes.