List of Chicago-Area Closures Due to Extreme Cold

This week's extremely cold weather has prompted several business and school closings across the Chicago area.

  • Chicago Public Schools will close Tuesday officials said. District officials will re-evaluate conditions Monday afternoon to determine if schools will open Tuesday.
  • City Colleges of Chicago will remain closed Tuesday. The seven main campuses, including Daley College, Harold Washington College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College, Truman College and Wright College will continue to serve as warming centers from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The University of Chicago canceled all classes and non-essential activities for Monday. Residence halls and dining commons will remain open, officials said, and transportation and safety services will still be provided.

    The school is urging students, faculty and academic personnel to avoid travel if possible.
  • Loyola Academy announced Sunday that it would be closed Monday due to the severe weather conditions. In addition, all athletic activities are also canceled, school officials said.
  • All offices of the Illinois Secretary of State are closed.
  • Suburban offices of the Cook County Clerk are closed. There will be a "skeleton" crew," Cook County Clerk David Orr said.
  • The Illinois Institute of Technology is closed.
  • The College of DuPage main campus and regional centers will be closed Monday, but is set to reopen Tuesday, officials said.
  • John Marshall Law School in Chicago will be closed Monday due to the inclement weather, including access to the school library, officials said. Buildings and offices are expected to reopen at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Triton College said it will be closed Monday, but online registration services will still be available.
  • Batavia Park District programs have been canceled and offices will be closed Monday, officials said.
  • Brookfield Zoo said Sunday that it was be closed Monday “for the safety and welfare of staff, animals and the public." Zoo officials said “essential core staff” will still be scheduled to care for the animals and tend to snow removal.
  • The Cook County Jail suspended visitation Monday and Tuesday.
  • The Sheriff's office established a 24-hour "weather hotline" for family and friends to call with questions and to make arrangements to pick up detainees who are discharged during those days. That number is 773-674-6618.
  • The Office of the City Clerk's satellite locations will be closed Monday. These include locations at 5430 W. Gale St. and 5674 S. Archer Avenue. The City Hall office will remain open, however.
  • Officials said the Cook County Transportation and Highways Department, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Facilities Management, Animal Control and the Medical Examiner's office will continue their services, but all other "non-essential offices" will be closed Monday.
  • The Circuit Court of Cook County will be open for business Monday, however, detainees held in the Cook County Jail will not be transported to their scheduled court appearances in all court facilities except for the Leighton Criminal Court Building at 2600 S. California Avenue.
  • The Offices of the Metropolitan Water Reclamanation District of Greater Chicago will be closed Monday, but all essential employees should report to work, officials said.
  • The Adler Planetarium will be closed to public Monday. The museum plans to reopen Tuesday, according to Director of Museum Communications Molly O'Connell.
  • The Shedd Aquarium remains closed Tuesday. Check the Shedd’s website or Facebook page for updates.
  • The Museum of Science and Industry will be closed Monday, but the museum said it will re-evaluate conditions Monday afternoon to determine Tuesday hours.
  • The Field Museum, however, will be open despite the cold weather.
  • Abt Electronics announced Friday that it would not be making deliveries Monday for safety concerns for their employees.
  • Waste Management of Illinois will delay Monday residential pickup across the Chicagland area for one day, officials said.
  • There will by no refuse pickup Monday in Arlington Heights or Evanston either. Monday routes will be collected Tuesday and all routes will be delayed one day.
  • Indiana University Northwest announced that campus-wide operations for the Gary and Portage campuses Monday.
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