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Evanston Warming Centers Available During Extreme Cold

With extremely cold temperatures expected in Evanston over the next several days, the City is providing residents with information on warming facilities and tips to stay safe. Residents are advised to stay indoors, if possible, and to check on elderly friends and neighbors.

Warming Centers

Community members are welcome to stay warm at City recreation centers and Evanston Public Library locations during their normal hours of operation:

Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main St. 
Monday through Sunday, 5:30 a.m. to midnight

Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central St.
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.
Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St.
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.
Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Main Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. 
Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Evanston Public Library – North Branch, 2026 Central St. 
Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Evanston Public Library – CAMS Branch, 900 Chicago Ave. 
Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Staying Safe Outdoors

Wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. Wool offers good protection from extreme cold and moisture. 

Don’t forget to wear a hat, gloves and scarf. In extreme cold, frostbite can occur within 60 seconds or less. Make sure to cover all exposed skin.

Restrict outdoor exposure for infants, children and pets.

Keep your cell phone charged in case of emergency.

 Staying Safe Indoors

Never use your oven for heat.

Use electric space heaters with extreme care, and avoid placing them near curtains or other flammable materials. Be sure to turn them off before going to bed.

Keep cabinet doors open under kitchen and bathroom sinks overnight to help prevent frozen water pipes, and insulate water pipes in unheated spaces, like garages, basements and crawl spaces.

Install and maintain smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in every level of your home, replacing the batteries at least twice a year.

Drink water. Staying hydrated is just as important in the winter as in summer.

Staying Safe on the Road

Don’t run your car or truck in your garage, even if you leave the door open, and make sure the tailpipe is clear of snow, ice and other debris.

Ensure antifreeze levels are sufficient to avoid freezing.

Maintain a full tank of gas. 

Prevent Water Service Lines from Freezing

During cold weather, property owners should take precautions to prevent the water service line from freezing: 

Insulate or wrap UL-listed heat tape around water pipes.

Keep cabinet doors open under kitchen and bathroom sinks overnight. 

Run water at a small trickle. 

Set the thermostat no lower than 55 degrees.

For water line issues, community members are advised to follow the tips posted at cityofevanston.org/frozenpipes or call/text 847-448-4311.


Emergency Overnight Shelter

To get help, call the non-emergency police department number, 847-864-5000.Emergency overnight shelter will be available at the following places on the following dates. Doors open at 9 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Guests must leave by 7 a.m.Through Jan. 26: overnight shelter at Unitarian Church, 1330 Ridge Ave.Jan. 27-Feb. 9, First Presbyterian Church, 1427 Chicago Ave.Feb. 10-23, Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, 1224 Dempster St.St. Mark’s Hospitality Center, 1509 Ridge Ave.,  is open 7-11 a.m.