January 30 & 31: POLARIS CLOSED Due to Extreme Weather


Polaris Closed Wednesday and Thursday

Keep Warm and Safe. Protect yourself, your family, and your pets. Bitter cold weather conditions are a threat to health and safety. Be an Active Citizen and check on seniors and elderly neighbors who might need help.

As a Chicago Public School, Polaris follows the CPS inclement weather school closing policy. When CPS closes schools, Polars is closed. Please note: we expect to be open on Friday.

The City of Chicago has many services available to help residents during the winter months. Click here for more information.  

Call 3-1-1 to:

  • Locate a Warming Center near you
  • Request a well-being check for someone who may be suffering from extreme weather
  • Report inadequate heat in a residential building
  • Learn about programs that assist with home heating costs
  • Connect to shelter and supportive services

Protect Yourself and Family:

  • Wear several layers of loose, warm clothing
  • Keep your head, hands and feet covered when outdoors
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages
  • Recognize the symptoms of hypothermia: stiff muscles, shivering, puffy or swollen face, cold skin, slow breathing and mental confusion
  • Never use an extension cord with a space heater. Ovens should not be used to heat homes

City Warming Centers

A Warming Center is a heated facility where Chicagoans can go to find safe refuge from extreme weather.

The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates six Warming Centers during work weekdays when temperatures dip below 32 degrees. Additional facilities are opened as needed including Senior Centers, libraries, and Park District buildings. The Warming Centers that DFSS operates are not open on weekday holidays unless specifically indicated. This is why it is so important to contact 3-1-1 for Warming Center information, especially during off hours or on holidays.

The Garfield Center, located at 10 S. Kedzie Avenue, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect residents to emergency shelter.

Call 3-1-1 to locate a Warming Center in your area.