Cooling Centers

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Cook County Cooling Centers

Cook County Courthouse Cooling Centers Open During Excessive Heat - Open Sunday, July 14 - Tuesday, July 16

Cook County is opening cooling centers as heat indices as high as 100 are forecast for the region on Sunday through Tuesday. 

Cook County is opening cooling centers at the County’s Skokie, Maywood and Markham Courthouses 24 hours from Sunday, July 14 at 7:00 a.m. through Tuesday, July 16 at 4:30 p.m.

Cooling centers are available across Cook County during periods of excessive heat. See the list below for other cooling centers in suburban Cook County. 

When temperatures in Cook County are expected to rise to unsafe levels, the County's Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security provides an updated list of cooling centers for residents who do not have access to air conditioning. 

During hot weather, residents are reminded to:

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Try to stay in the shade or indoors as much as possible.
  • If working outside, take frequent breaks, preferably in an air-conditioned space.
  • Check on elderly neighbors and those with functional needs.
  • Take pets indoors and make sure they have plenty of water.
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.

Residents who need to seek shelter at a cooling center should contact the center first to verify availability and hours of operation.

Cooling centers within the City of Chicago can be found on the city's website