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Emanuel Confident City Is Prepared For Extreme Heat

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city’s ready for the heat wave, and is vowing now to repeat the mistakes of the past.

CBS Chicago–06/27/2012

Lake Michigan (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Heat Wave Keeping Coast Guard Crews Busy

CHICAGO (CBS) — The U.S. Coast Guard has been very busy in the Chicago area during the recent heat wave. Crews rescued five people on Monday night alone. CBS 2’s Pamela Jones reports one of […]

CBS 2–06/19/2012

Puiji had been at the aquarium since 1989 (credit: Shedd Aquarium)

Shedd Aquarium Offers Free Week During Heat Wave

With the heat wave and Chicago pool closures, residents can find shelter from the weather for free this week at the Shedd Aquarium.



Just 3 Days After Heat Wave, Mercury May Not Crack 50

It was only this past Sunday – a mere four days ago – that the temperature hit 97 degrees, but it all feels like a few months ago now as Chicago sits shivering in slippers and sweatshirts this Thursday.

CBS Chicago–05/31/2012

Spring allergies. (CBS)

‘Dangerously High’ Tree Pollen Makes For Miserable Allergies

CHICAGO (CBS) — Having summer suddenly make an appearance in mid-March is causing an ugly dark side for some people. Because of the heat wave, plants are budding early and causing “dangerously high” tree pollen […]

CBS Chicago–03/21/2012

Eric Klinenberg

Author Of Heat Wave Study Explores Trend Toward Living Alone

The sociologist who wrote the definitive study of Chicago’s 1995 killer heat wave is out with a new book that grew out of that one.

CBS Chicago–03/08/2012

Near-Record Heat Wave Grips U.S. East Coast, Midwest

Get Ready To Ring In September With Another Heat Wave

Tomorrow is Sept. 1, the start of meteorological fall. But don’t be fooled. You’ll be needing your air conditioner.

CBS Chicago–08/31/2011


Heat Deaths Up To 18 From Recent Heat Wave

A Robbins man and a man from the South Side have become the 17th and 18th deaths blamed at least partly due to the recent heat wave.

CBS Chicago–08/03/2011

Hyatt Protest

Complaint: Picketing Hyatt Workers Were ‘Assaulted’ With Heat Lamps

The union representing workers at the Park Hyatt Hotel has filed charges with federal labor authorities, after the wintertime heat lamps were turned on during a picket in the midst of the heat wave last week.

CBS Chicago–07/28/2011

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15 Deaths In Cook County Now Linked To Heat Wave

Cook County officials said Tuesday that 15 deaths have now been tied to heat-related illnesses during the recent heat wave.

CBS Chicago–07/26/2011

Summer Sun

Heat-Related Death Tally Hits 12

A 78-year-old Dixmoor woman died in part from the extreme heat that settled over Chicago last week, bringing the number of temperature-related deaths to 12 for Cook County.


CTA Train (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Excessive Heat Damages Tracks, Causes Delays On Red Line

Hundreds of rush hour commuters packed downtown Red Line stations, some ditching public transit in an attempt to get home as crews scrambled to repair tracks damaged by excessive heat Thursday evening.


Kids play in the spray of water from an open fire hydrant on the South Side on July 21, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

City Officials: ‘Don’t Open A Fire Hydrant To Stay Cool’

One big problem the city is not happy about amid this week’s heat wave: the number of open fire hydrants. Since Monday, the city has shut off more than 1,700 open hydrants, with roughly 200 still gushing as of 5 p.m. on Thursday.

CBS Chicago–07/21/2011

Power Electricity Generic

Utility Watchdog: Heat Wave Could Impact Electricity Rates

The heat wave could play a role in determining what it costs for electricity for the whole year.

WBBM Newsradio–07/21/2011


It May Be Hot, But Eggs Won’t Fry Outside

It was so hot on Wednesday that WBBM Newsradio 780 couldn’t resist trying to find out if that old tale about frying an egg outside is true.

CBS Chicago–07/21/2011


Tourists Taking Extreme Heat In Stride

Tourists visiting Chicago have had to cope with the 100-plus heat indices, and most seemed OK about it.

WBBM Newsradio–07/21/2011


Intense Heat Lingers For Another Day

Chicago is being dragged through another day of intense heat, with temperatures again soaring toward the upper 90s.

CBS Chicago–07/21/2011

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Heat Wave Especially Hard On The Homeless

While many Chicagoans have plenty of options to escape the heat, it’s not so easy for the homeless.

WBBM Newsradio–07/20/2011

1995 Heat Wave

Lessons Learned From The Deadly 1995 Heat Wave

It was during a July heat wave sixteen years ago when Chicago was shocked by the weather’s toll.

CBS Chicago–07/20/2011

A Chicago Fire Department Ambulance (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Extra Paramedics Called Out For Heat Wave

Not since the blizzard in February has the Chicago Fire Department called so many extra paramedic crews into service.

WBBM Newsradio–07/20/2011