Oak Park warming centers are now open

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Various Oak Park hospitals, as well as the village hall, will serve as warming centers during the frigid winter.

Unfortunately, the time of dangerously cold weather is upon us. Because this bitter weather poses such a serious threat to health and safety, the City of Chicago and Oak Park have officially opened their warming centers for the winter. Oak Park warming centers are open from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at West Suburban Medical Center at Erie Street and Austin Blvd, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rush Oak Park Hospital at 500 S. Maple Ave. The Village Hall, 123 Madison St., will also act as a warming center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Warming centers are not open on weekday holidays unless specifically indicated by the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS). Hours and days may be extended under extreme conditions. Other City facilities might be designated for warming purposes during off hours, which is why DFSS advises you dial 3-1-1 for more information about those services. If transportation is needed, call the Oak Park Police department’s non emergency number at 708-386-3800.

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