A woman battles a powerful wind as she walks on Erie Street on Tuesday afternoon, February 2, 2011. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times
From early voting to after-school activities at Chicago Public Schools, many public offices and other activities were cancelled either late Tuesday or Wednesday, officials said. Those include:
◆ There will be a snow day Wednesday for more than 410,000 students at Chicago Public Schools.
The nation’s third largest school system announced late Tuesday that it was cancelling all classes
Wednesday at its more than 600 traditional schools out of an “abundance of caution.’’ Decisions about whether 71 charter schools will close will be made by outside operators of those schools. A CPS spokesman said as of late Tuesday, most charters were also closing.
CPS also cancelled a host of after-school activities for both Tuesday and Wednesday. The two-day shutdown includes all after-school programs in schools or Park District buildings, said spokeswoman Monique Bond. Any third shift of CPS preschool, which usually starts at 3 p.m., is cancelled for Tuesday and Wednesday.
◆ For the first time in memory, all 138 drivers license facilities throughout the state will be closing early Tuesday and all day Wednesday, a spokesman for Secretary of State Jesse White said.
♦ Cook County Jail will be on lockdown.
♦ Cook County Circuit Court will be closed.
◆ Lake and DuPage county government offices and courts will be closed Wednesday.
◆ Cook County Health and Hospitals system clinics will be closed Wednesday, effectively cancelling appointments for the day. Officials will evaluate the weather and road conditions to determine whether the clinics will return to normal operations on Thursday. For the latest information, patients should call the health hotline at (312) 864-6397 for a recorded message on any closures or adjustments to hours.
◆ Early voting sites in the wards will be closed Wednesday, election officials said. The only Early Voting site in Chicago that will be open will be at the Election Board offices, 69 W. Washington.
◆ Federal court in Chicago will close at 3 p.m. Tuesday and will be closed all day Wednesday, court officials announced. U.S. Marshals on Monday had sent court officials a letter saying they would not transport prisoners from outlying counties on Wednesday.
◆ All seven campuses of the City Colleges of Chicago and all associated satellite offices will close at 2 p.m. Tuesday and will remain closed Wednesday.
◆ The University of Illinois at Chicago cancelled all classes after 5 p.m. Tuesday and also canceled Wednesday classes, officials said. Campuses at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois State University in Bloomington, Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and Western Illinois University in Macomb also called off classes Tuesday. The University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois University and Eastern Illinois University canceled classes Wednesday. U. of I.
◆ DePaul University has canceled all classes and events after 1 p.m. Tuesday and all Wednesday classes at city and suburban campuses. Loyola University classes canceled all classes after 4:15 p.m. Tuesday and all classes Wednesday.
◆ Brookfield Zoo will close for only the second time in its history Wednesday. The Shedd Aquarium is closing at 1 p.m. Tuesday, and the Field Museum is closing at 3 p.m. Both will be closed Wednesday, officials said. The aquarium plans to reopen Thursday, but call (312) 939-2438 for updates.
◆ For a more detailed list of closings, go to www.emergencyclosingcenter.com.
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