Polar Vortex Related Closings

Due to the extreme weather the following entities have adjusted hours and operations. Check websites for more information before heading out.

Pace — All ADA Paratransit Subscription Trips for Tues., Jan. 29 through Thurs., Jan. 31 have been canceled.

Please be advised that the National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook, a Winter Weather Advisory, and a Wind Chill Watch for Chicagoland over the next few days. Dangerous conditions include an excessive cold risk beginning late on Monday, January 28 and continuing through Thursday, January 31. Record-setting frigid temperatures are expected on Wednesday, January 30.

Pace has boosted operations and maintenance crew levels to help support those on the road. All buses are on the street and all service is operating at this time, however weather conditions beyond our control, like hazardous road conditions or unexpected equipment issues, may cause delays. There is an increased risk of frost bite and hypothermia in these conditions. Please postpone unnecessary travel, especially if you cannot seek shelter while you wait.

All ADA Paratransit Subscription Trips for Tuesday, January 29 through Thursday, January 31 have been cancelled. Service delays and destination closures caused by hazardous weather conditions are expected. If you still wish to travel, please confirm that the destination you are traveling to is open and then call to make a reservation the day before your trip. Frigid cold temperatures increase the risk of frost bite and hypothermia.

Waiting outdoors is not safe. All ADA Paratransit passengers should consider postponing non-essential travel during these days. Paratransit customers who choose to postpone travel should cancel unneeded reservations as soon as possible.

If you plan to travel on these days, Pace recommends you:

  • Allow extra time for your trip as road conditions will likely be poor,
  • Dress warmly if you will be outdoors for even a few minutes, and
  • Take extra caution when getting to and from the bus stop and on and off the bus

Metra — operating a modified schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Extreme Weather/alternate schedules will be implemented when weather conditions or serious service disruptions do not allow for operation of regularly scheduled service. Public notice of the implementation of these alternative schedules will be posted on this website and distributed to major media outlets.

Be advised that regular service on the Heritage Corridor will run instead of an alternate schedule. Modified schedules for each Metra line can be found here.

Released on 01/29/2019

To ensure that nobody is placed in danger while traveling to and from court due to the anticipated historic cold temperatures for our area, Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced today that the Circuit Court of Cook County will be closed on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 and Thursday, January 31, 2019.

This means that – with the exception of bail hearings and certain pretrial matters for in-custody defendants at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago and juvenile detention hearings at the Juvenile Center in Chicago – there will be no court in session on Wednesday and Thursday in any Cook County courthouse. All cases set for Wednesday and Thursday will be rescheduled.

Jurors who are currently assigned to a trial do not need to come to court on Wednesday and Thursday, but they must return to court on the next date scheduled by the trial judge. Those who were called for jury duty on Wednesday or Thursday do not have to come to court on Wednesday or Thursday, and they will receive a new summons for duty on a future date.

Click here to view order.