Chicago officials offer tips for staying warm in bitter cold

CHICAGO --  Chicago officials say the city is prepared to help people keep safe and warm in the bitter cold.

But some say they haven’t experienced this kind of cold snap since the Polar Vortex of 2014, and they want people to take this seriously.

City leaders say they haven’t experienced any major issues so far, but shared some advice:

  • Avoid going outside
  • Dress in warm layers: focus on head, hands, and feet.
  • Heat home accordingly
  • Keep an eye on your pipes
  • If you don’t have a warm place to stay, there are dozens of shelters all over the city, with more than 3,000 beds available.
  • Call 311 to find your nearest shelter or request a well-being check.

City leaders say they’re monitoring two more systems – one Thursday night and one Friday.

They say any bit of snow can cause safety concerns, so they are keeping a close eye on it.

In the meantime, kids off of school are finding way to stay warm and have fun!  WGN's Patrick Elwood has the story: