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Park District Field Houses Open As Warming Centers During Winter Storm

Portions of the Lakefront Trail have been blocked, too, as the Park District urges Chicagoans to avoid the lakefront during the storm.

A person walks close to large waves lapping upon the seawall at Museum Campus during the first snowfall of the season on Nov. 15, 2022.
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CHICAGO — Park District field houses will be opened as warming centers as a winter storm hits Chicago.

The storm starts Thursday and is expected to last into Friday, and it’ll be accompanied by several inches of snow, dangerous cold and lots of wind, with gusts up to 55 mph possible. It could feel as cold as 40 degrees below zero at points, and the extreme cold is expected to last into Saturday and Sunday.

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The city has opened its warming centers for their normal hours — and, now, the Park District is opening its field houses as warming centers during their normal operating hours, according to a news release.

Click here for hours and addresses for the field houses. They’ll have special holiday hours Saturday-Sunday; click here to view those hours.

The Park District has also closed the Lakefront Trail from Oak Street to Ohio Street and blocked access to the Chicago Avenue underpass, according to the agency.

The agency has urged Chicagoans to avoid the lakefront for their safety as the storm hits.

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