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Oak Lawn Hunkers Down for the ‘Big Chill’

Village opens warming centers, suspends trash pickup for Monday, plus other essential information to help get you through the big chill.

Someone had fun playing with their mailbox in Oak Lawn last night. Photo Credit: RICK DREW
Someone had fun playing with their mailbox in Oak Lawn last night. Photo Credit: RICK DREW

As Oak Lawn residents hunker down for what may be the coldest temperatures in 20 years, the village and local schools are taking precautionary measures as an arctic cold front settles over the Chicago region.

A wind chill advisory remains in effect until noon Tuesday, Jan. 7, for the Oak Lawn area, with wind chills expected to hit 50-below zero by Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

The village is encouraging residents to stay off local streets and roads if they can on Monday.

Oak Lawn warming centers are open for anyone who needs to get out of the cold. (See locations and hours below.)

Residential trash pickup has also been canceled for Monday, including Christmas tree pickup. (See information for revised trash service.)

Meanwhile, all Oak Lawn public and parochial classes are canceled today, as well as nearby Chicago Catholic High Schools.

Moraine Valley Community College announced that the campus would be closed Monday. Saint Xavier University is still on winter break.

As with any hazardous weather situation, please check on elderly or disabled neighbors and family members. Don't hesitate to call 911 for emergencies.


Warming Centers


For the duration of the extreme cold, Oak Lawn is opening its warming centers, which are:

Oak Lawn Public Library

9427 Raymond Avenue.

Mon-Thu 9am-9pm

Fri & Sat 9am-5pm

Sun 1pm-5pm


Oak Lawn Senior Center

5220 W. 105th Street

Mon-Fri 8:30am- 5pm

Sun 1pm-5pm


Oak Lawn Park District Pavilion

9401 Oak Park Avenue

Monday - Thursday 6am-11pm

Friday 6am-10pm

Sat & Sun 7am-10pm


Oak Lawn Racquet and Fitness Club

10444 South Central

Mon & Wed 6am-11pm

Tue, Thu & Fri 6am-10pm

Sat 7am-9pm

Sun 7am-8pm


Residential Trash Pick-Up Canceled


Due to dangerous cold temperatures, Allied Waste, of Crestwood, notified the village that workers would not be picking up residential trash on Monday, Jan. 6.

This also includes Christmas tree pickup.

Residential pickups are expected to resume Tuesday, Jan. 7, with all pickups shifting one day. For example, addresses with Monday pickups will receive service on Tuesday, Tuesday pickups on Wednesday, etc.

Normal pick ups schedules will resume once weather conditions permit.


Essential numbers:


  • Oak Lawn Senior Center -- 708- 499-0240. The senior center will be open as a warming center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Call if you need assistance.

  • Oak Lawn Police non-emergency number -- 708-422-8292. Call in a non-emergency situation, such as to report downed electrical wires, lack of heat in your rental unit, etc. 

  • South Suburban PADS -- 708-233-1221Contact PADS' north tier satellite office in Oak Lawn if you need shelter in the Oak Lawn area. (Call 911 if you spot a homeless person, or anyone, in distress on the street.)

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