Severe cold shuts down schools, agencies; warming centers open

Chronicle Media

With the severe winter storm and dangerous cold moving in this week and Gov. J.B. Pritzker making declaring a statewide disaster situation, schools, government offices, nonprofit agencies even businesses have announced closures for one if not two days this week.

Countless schools all over northern Illinois will be closed for Wednesday, Jan. 30 and Thursday, Jan. 31 and many county offices have issues statements they will be closed for business on Wednesday.

Cook County’s suburban courthouses will be open to serve as 24 hour warming centers.

The Courthouses in Markham, Bridgeview, Maywood, Skokie and Rolling Meadows will open Tuesday night and be available Wednesday and Thursday as warming centers.

For a complete list of updated emergency school closings in the Chicago area, click here.

Also, agencies, businesses, and nonprofits are opening their locations up for people to have a place to get out of the bitter cold over the next few days.

The following are links for shelter sites:

Cook County warming locations

Dekalb County warming centers

DuPage County warming centers

Kane County warming centers

Kendall County warming centers

Lake County warming centers

McHenry County warming centers

Winnebago County warming centers


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