Digital Engagement and Accessibility Specialist
As a person with a disability, do you have specific things you do when cold weather arrives or to help you safely navigate through snow and ice? We’d like to hear about those!
Transportation issues with public or paratransit? Report them to Access Living.
**If you are in an emergency situation or other crisis please seek immediate assistance through a 24 hour crisis hotline**
Emergency Housing in Chicago: 311
Chicago Warming Centers: When temperatures are at 32 degrees or below – warming areas are available at the City’s six community service centers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Find a warming center here.
Not in Chicago? Here’s a link to Cook County warming centers.
Under City of Chicago ordinance, landlords are responsible for providing adequate heat and face significant penalties for failure to do so. Between September 15 and June 1, landlords must supply heat to rental units, and the temperature inside a rental unit must be at least 68 degrees during the day and 66 degrees at night.
Landlords can face fines of $500 to $1,000 per day, per violation, for each day they do not supply adequate heat. The reason for lack of heat does not matter – landlords must follow the law, and apartments must be heated.
If you are a renter and your landlord is not providing adequate heat or no heat at all, the Department of Building recommends you first contact your landlord and let them know about the issue. If your landlord does not take action, or if you are unable to get in touch with them, you may file a complaint via CHI 311 website or mobile app or by calling 311. The Department of Buildings will inspect your unit and take action against delinquent owners.
Metropolitan Tenants Organization:
If you are unable to resolve a heating problem with your landlord, call the Metropolitan Tenants’ Organization Hotline at (773) 292-4988.
You can also send your landlord a 24-hour notice using Squared Away Chicago.
Worried about eviction? Find a resource list specific to evictions and COVID-19 here.
City of Chicago Plow Tracker (activated during major snow events)
All home, property, and business owners in Chicago (and businesses who rent space adjacent to sidewalks) are responsible for shoveling snow under City of Chicago ordinances. Read more about Chicago snow ordinances here.
Ice and Snow Removal Request
Snow – Object/Dibs Removal Request
Snow Removal – Protected Bike Lane or Bridge Sidewalk
Snow – Uncleared Sidewalk Complaint