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Warming centers offer relief from cold

When dangerously cold temperatures strike, residents are urged to limit time outdoors for themselves and their pets, as well as to check in on friends and neighbors who may need assistance.

Anyone in need of a place to warm up as temperatures dip can find a range of options in Oak Park. Local sites include the following:

24-hour warming center:

  • Rush Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple Ave., open when temperature is below 32 degrees. Capacity is limited to 15 people under hospital leadership. The warming center entrance is located in the old emergency room on the east side of the building.

Daytime warming centers:

  • Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Noon to 5 p.m. Sundays
  • Oak Park Public Library – Dole Branch, 255 Augusta St., open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Noon to 5 p.m. Sundays
  • Oak Park Public Library – Maze Branch, 845 Gunderson Ave., open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Noon to 5 p.m. Sundays
Housing Forward is also operating an overnight shelter for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The shelter is available from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. daily through April 30 at 38 N. Austin Blvd. Click here for more information.
Click here for a downloadable flyer with information about local emergency warming centers.
Click here to visit the Oak Park Public Library website to verify hours and for information about potential closures.
If transportation to a warming center is needed, call the Oak Park Police Department’s non-emergency number 708.386.3800.

Cold weather safety tips

When cold weather strikes, officials recommend practicing the following safety tips:

  • Limit time outdoors in cold, wet or windy weather. Pay attention to weather forecasts and wind chill readings. In very cold, windy weather, exposed skin can develop frostbite in a matter of minutes.
  • Dress in several layers of loose, warm clothing rather than a single layer. Air trapped between the layers of clothing acts as insulation against the cold. Wear windproof and waterproof outer garments to protect against wind, snow and rain. Choose undergarments that wick moisture away from your skin.
  • Wear a hat that fully covers your ears. Heavy woolen or windproof materials make the best headwear for cold protection.
  • Wear mittens rather than gloves, which provide better protection.
  • Watch for signals of frostbite. Early signs include redness, prickling and numbness.
  • Plan to protect yourself. When traveling in cold weather, carry emergency supplies and warm clothing in case you become stranded.