Dangerous cold follows on heels of snow storm, forcing cancellations and closings

A nearly empty 53rd Street indicates that many Hyde Parkers heeded the experts’ advice to stay indoors as the coldest weather in several years hits the area. (Herald staff photo)

HERALD STAFF REPORT

Hyde Park residents joined the rest of Chicagoland in bracing for a potentially life-threatening cold wave.

The National Weather Service is forecasting record-breaking temperatures through Thursday, with a Tuesday night low of minus 23 and the high on Wednesday of minus 13. Some moderation is expected by Friday.

The severe cold wave is expected to affect almost all activity scheduled for the area. Heating and plumbing systems will be taxed by the bitter temps. Residents should know that Chicago landlords must heat residential buildings to at least 68 degrees during the day and 66 degrees overnight. If your landlord is not responding to complaints, call 311.

“The City of Chicago has all hands on deck to provide support and assistance to residents across the city who are dealing with the dangerous cold,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement. “Landlords are responsible for providing adequate heat to their tenants and should be proactively checking their buildings and addressing issues immediately to prevent situations from becoming emergencies.”

The following warming centers will be operating near Hyde Park:

● The King Community Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
● The Jackson Park fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.
● The Washington Park fieldhouse, 5531 S. King Dr.
● The Chicago Police Department 2nd District station, 5101 S. Wentworth Ave.

Well-being checks can also be arranged through 311. Call 911 in the case of an emergency.

Among the numerous area cancellations, the 5th Ward aldermanic forum hosted by the South East Chicago Commission at Hyde Park Academy High School scheduled for Tuesday night has been cancelled.

Chicago Public Schools have cancelled all after-school activities and classes tomorrow. High school playoffs basketball games have been cancelled and will be rescheduled, with dates to be determined. Steve Parham, varsity boys’ basketball coach for Kenwood Academy, told a Herald reporter he expects the next game to be sometime next week.

Other cancellations and closings for Wednesday:

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club
The Museum of Science and Industry
The University of Chicago
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
St. Thomas the Apostle School
The Ancona School

The Herald will update the list of closings as they are sent to us. The Herald’s offices will be closed tomorrow, though reporters will still be on duty.