Friday, January 16, 2009

Finally, some warming centers

Thank you Chicago Department of Human Services, Chicago Public Libraries and Chicago Park District for providing these warming locations. Thank you LORRAINE SWANSON for the heads up.

The Chicago Department of Human Services has opened its North Side warming center at 4740 N. Sheridan for people who need refuge from the extreme cold weather. The center, which you can reach at 312-744-2580, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For transportation to the center, call 311.

Also open to anyone needing a warm place to spend the day are the following libraries and park district buildings:

Sulzer branch, 4455 N. Lincoln
Uptown branch, 929 W. Buena
Edgewater branch, 1210 W. Elmdale
Rogers Park branch, 6907 N. Clark
Margate Field House, 4921 N. Marine
Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf
Warren Park, 6601 N. Western
Willye B. White Park (formerly Gale School Park), 7631 N. Ashland

The city is asking residents to also call 311 if they spot a homeless person outside during the dangerous cold and to check on elderly relatives and neighbors.

If you are renting and experiencing a cold or unheated apartment, call the Chicago Department of Buildings at 311. The buildings department will send out an inspector for a heat inspection; landlords are subject to fines.

The city requires landlords to adequately maintain the heat in their rental buildings. From Sept. 15 to June 1, building owners are required to provide the following temperatures for their tenants: 68 degrees from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and 66 degrees from 10:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.

A National Weather Service wind chill warning remains in effect until noon Friday. Mercury readings as of 10 a.m. Friday morning along the city's far north lakefront were -8 degrees, with a -20 wind chill reading.


Bill Morton said...

Keeping people in Rogers Park from freezing to death in sub-zero temperatures would be the first issue to tackle.. if I were Alderman.

Our current Alderman, Alderman Joe Moore sent out the following email to residents instead:

Loyola University to Host Transportation Alternatives Workshop
Dear Neighbor,

The 49th Ward Green Corps is pleased to join with the Edgewater Community Council in supporting Loyola University's "Building a Sustainable Community Series." It's a series of workshops for Rogers Park and Edgewater residents designed to increase awareness on how to live more environmentally-friendly while saving money.


"Environmentally-friendly while saving money" VS "Keeping people from freezing to death"?

What is he thinking?

Grammar Gal said...

First, thank you for this post with all the relevant phone numbers and places to warm up. It was very generous of you to take the time to do this.

My feeling on the e-mail POOF, however: Is there a problem with transportation from Rogers Park and Edgewater to, say, downtown?

CTA just raised their fares January 1st. What is their part in this Workshop?

Do Loyola students not know how to "get around" except by car? The CTA should provide TRANSIT MAPS to Loyola students.

Lastly, there is soooo much info out there regarding "living in an environmentally-friendly manner" that I fear it would be difficult to find anyone not exposed to it.

In the meantime, people are cold, hungry and some have no hot water available. Joe's only concern seems to be inflating his alder-EGO--again!

Sooooo sad!

Bill Morton said...

I think We have hit something important here with:

Joe Moore's "Environmentally-friendly while saving money"


Keeping people from freezing to death

How about:

Joe Moore's The Single Most Important issue in Rogers Park is real estate.


The single most important issue in Rogers Park is public safety.
Example 1
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Example 2

Let us DEMAND attention to the REAL ISSUES in 2009 and forward.

Bill Morton said...

Grammar Gal,

To give credit where it is due ...

This information came from
LORRAINE SWANSON of Chicago Journal and the News-Star

Grammar Gal said...

Then, Bill, let's give the credit to our friend Lorraine! But also to you, for posting. After all, YOU could have ignored the subject?