The historic temperatures are freezing Chicago—the record-breaking weather on Wednesday has suspended some Metra lines, canceled around 2,000 flights and closed schools, post offices, businesses, and more.
The polar vortex broke weather records in Illinois and Chicago sending temperatures to historic lows. The city is still grinding though to make sure residents are safe and warm, but fore the most part the city feels deeply quiet.
Stay up to date on what’s happening with transit, road conditions and closures below.
O’Hare and Midway airports
As of 1 p.m. Thursday, there were 1,479 flights cancelled and delays averaged about 15 minutes at O’Hare International Airport while at the smaller Midway International Airport 258 flights were cancelled and delays lasted around 15 minutes.
On Wednesday night there were about 1,700 cancelled flights as a result of the frigid, record-breaking temperatures.
Bundle up and stay warm with a complimentary hot chocolate today from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Visit any of our Arrival Level Info Desks for a cup! pic.twitter.com/WHcdoMkB5x— O'Hare Intl. Airport (@fly2ohare) January 31, 2019
CTA trains and buses
CTA trains and buses are operating normally with some delays on the Blue Line Thursday afternoon due to a small track fire.
[Major Delays] Some Blue Line trains are operating w/ residual delays & congestion following an earlier report of a minor fire at track level near Grand. Service is resuming.— cta (@cta) January 31, 2019
On Wednesday, the trains were running all day and on all lines, said CTA president Dorval Carter. “We were able to put out service that many other U.S. cities would not have been able to do,” he said at a press conference on Wednesday night.
We just want to say "thank you" to everyone who took our service this morning. Despite the record-cold temperatures, we understand that people still need to get places and we take our responsibility to get you there very seriously. ✅ pic.twitter.com/sMweX7mbwf— cta (@cta) January 30, 2019
Find the latest Metra information and schedules on the agency’s website. Most lines will have a modified schedule on Wednesday and Thursday.
Metra Electric did not run on Wednesday and is not running on Thursday. The agency hopes to resume service on Friday, February 1 but customer’s should check the website.
Other Metra lines which include BNSF, Heritage Corridor, Milwaukee District North, Milwaukee District West, North Central Service, Rock Island Line, SouthWest Service, Union Pacific North, Union Pacific Northwest and Union Pacific West are all running on modified schedules due to the extreme weather.
Chicago Public Schools
Chicago Public Schools cancelled after school activities on Tuesday and all CPS schools are closed Wednesday and Thursday because of the weather. In response, the Park District is will host free activities at park fieldhouses. Many public neighborhood meetings or ward gatherings have been cancelled or pushed until next week as well.
PLEASE BE ADVISED: All Chicago Park District programs are cancelled today & tomorrow to accommodate drop-in activities and those seeking relief from the cold. Register online or in-person for drop-in fun. For details, visit https://t.co/VaB4qdEklP #StayWarmChicago pic.twitter.com/RJDkMxuqiM— Chicago ParkDistrict (@ChicagoParks) January 30, 2019