Cook County Opens Cooling Centers During Extreme Heat

With temperatures expected to rise to dangerous levels throughout the weekend, Cook County is opening the following County buildings to residents who need assistance in beating the heat. The following buildings will open at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning and remain open continuously until 10 p.m. Sunday evening. 

Bridgeview Courthouse
10220 S. 76th Ave.
Bridgeview, IL 60455

Skokie Courthouse
5600 Old Orchard Road
Skokie, IL 60077

The centers will be closed during overnight hours if temperatures fall below 80 degrees and their operations may be extended into next week if the current weather pattern persists. 

The County’s plans ensure that physical distancing can be maintained. All residents who seek shelter in County facilities will be subject to a wellness evaluation based on the County’s COVID-19 protocols. Cook County has an alternative housing plan in place for any resident that is suspected of having COVID-19 and requires shelter from the heat. Cook County will provide surgical masks and gloves to all residents who seek shelter at a County-run cooling center.

The Salvation Army is providing water and snacks at both locations. The County is providing cots for residents.

Cook County offers the following tips to help keep you safe:

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

In addition to the cooling centers operated by Cook County, some municipalities in the County have also opened cooling centers for residents. A list of those centers is available here.