Chicago Department of Public Health Guidance on Unhealthy Air Quality in Chicago

Via Chicago Department of Public Health

Air quality in Chicago continues to improve but is still rated as “unhealthy for sensitive groups” due to smoke from wildfires in Canada, according to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) air monitors. It is still recommended that sensitive populations take precautions to protect themselves. CDPH is monitoring the situation closely and will issue follow up guidance as needed.

Sensitive populations – people with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teens– are advised to continue to take steps to reduce their exposure:

  • Choose less strenuous activities (like walking instead of running) so you don’t breathe as hard
  • Shorten the amount of time you are active outdoors
  • Be active outdoors when air quality is better

During days with poor air quality, Chicagoans are advised to keep windows and doors closed and turn on your air conditioner if you have one. Seek shelter elsewhere if you do not have an air conditioner and your home is too warm. For Chicagoans without access to properly ventilated and safe indoor conditions, please utilize public libraries, senior centers, Park District facilities, and the Cultural Center, or the six community service centers that operate from 9am-5pm:

Englewood Center – 1140 W. 79th Street                      Garfield Center – 10 S. Kedzie Ave. (24 Hours)

King Center – 4314 S. Cottage Grove                               North Area Center – 845 W. Wilson Ave.  

South Chicago Center – 8650 S. Commercial Ave.        Trina Davila Center – 4312 W. North Ave. 

To learn more about air quality in our area and monitor for updates from the U.S. EPA, visit Residents can also sign up to receive NotifyChicago alerts at or download the OEMC App through the Apple App or Google play stores for public safety tips and alerts.