CCDPH recommends doing the following to prevent heat-related deaths/illnesses:

  • Drink 1 to 1-1/2 quarts of fluid daily to prevent dehydration. Water, fruit juices and juice drinks are the best choices. Avoid alcohol and caffeine because they dehydrate the body.
  • Wear light colored, lightweight clothing. If you must go outside during the hottest part of the day, wear a hat.
  • While outdoors, rest frequently in a shady area.
  • Check frequently on ill family members, the elderly and neighbors.
  • Never leave children, the elderly or pets in a parked car, not even for a few minutes. Brain damage or death can occur from the rapid rise of temperature inside the vehicle.

For a list of cooling centers in suburban Cook County, click here.
If you do not see a location near you, please contact your village/town hall.

To learn more, visit CDC: Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Your Personal Health and Safety.


Let’s Go the Distance, Cook County.

Let’s get out and walk together. Between April 4 and September 30, 2018, increase the minutes you walk each day. Get your friends and family to join you. Together, we will connect with each other and share in the good things that happen when we Go the Distance, Cook County – all spring and summer.


Walking is great.


  • Is fun, easy, and affordable.
  • Lifts your mood.
  • Is a great form of physical activity.
  • Improves your ability to learn and concentrate.
  • Is a great reason to explore your community.
  • Connects you and others while building strong bodies and friendships.