What's open, closed during Chicago's deep freeze

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Despite Chicago's deep freeze, some people had to show up to work
Despite Chicago's deep freeze, some people had to show up to work on Wednesday.

Here is a list of what is open and closed during the Chicago area's deep freeze on Wednesday and Thursday.

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--U. S. Postal Service -- Delivery suspended Wednesday and Thursday for the following 3-digit zip codes:

Indiana: 460-469, 472-475, 478, 479

Chicago: 606-608

Central Illinois: 601, 603 - 605, 609, 613, 614, 616, 617

Michigan: 486-491, 493-499

USPS says residents can pick up their mail at their neighborhood post office with a photo ID. USPS hopes to have normal delivery on Friday.

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-Courthouses in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, McHenry and Will counties - Closed Wednesday and Thursday

-Illinois Secretary of State offices - Closed Wednesday

-Illinois Social Security offices - Several offices closed or opening later on Thursday in Chicago and suburbs

-Early voting in Chicago -- Loop Supersite for Chicago mayoral election closed Wednesday and Thursday

-Kane County Clerk's Office open


-Trader Joe's - Some stores in Midwest closed or limited hours

-Abt Electronics - All delivery and service calls canceled Wednesday and Thursday


-Lettuce Entertain You - Click here to see which restaurants are closed and closing early

-Lou Malnati's - Closing early at 8 p.m. Wednesday

-La Colombe Coffee - Closed Wednesday

-Cheesie's Pub & Grill - Closed Wednesday

-Smoque BBQ - Open Wednesday

-Superdawg - Open Wednesday and Thursday

-Garrett Popcorn - Closed Wednesday, except O'Hare location

-Manny's Deli - Closed Wednesday

Steam rises off Lake Michigan in Chicago as temps plunge to -23 degrees

Steam rises from a frozen Lake Michigan in Chicago as temperatures plunged to -23 degrees Wednesday morning.


YMCA of Metro Chicago - Closed Wednesday, and modified schedule on Thursday

Great Joliet Area YMCA - Closed Wednesday and Thursday

"Disney on Ice" at United Center - Wednesday night and 10:30 a.m. Thursday performance cancelled

"Hamilton" - Wednesday performances cancelled

Kacey Musgraves at Chicago Theatre - Thursday show rescheduled for 8 p.m. March 25

Lincoln Park Zoo -- Closed Wednesday and Thursday for the safety of animals and visitors

Navy Pier - Closed Wednesday. Select attractions closed on Thursday

Shedd Aquarium - Closed Wednesday

Museum of Science & Industry - Closed Wednesday

Art Institute of Chicago - Closed Wednesday and Thursday

Brookfield Zoo - Closed Wednesday and Thursday

Block 37 - Some retails closed

Chicago Botanic Garden - Closed Wednesday and Thursday

Allstate Arena - Box office will close at 3 p.m. Wednesday

Northlight Theatre - Wednesday performance canceled

Goodman Theatre - Closed Wednesday

Lookingglass Theatre - Box office closed Wednesday

Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire - Wednesday performances canceled

Parents got creative with their kids who stayed home during Chicago's deep freeze.


Northwestern University - Classes closed until noon Thursday.

University of Chicago -- Classes canceled Wednesday

Loyola University - Classes canceled until noon Thursday

DePaul University - Classes canceled through Thursday

Columbia College - Classes canceled Wednesday and Thursday

School of the Art Institute -- Classes canceled Wednesday and Thursday


South Shore - Service suspended Wednesday and Thursday

Metra Electric - Service suspended Wednesday and Thursday

Metra - All trains to run on modified scheduled. No trains to depart Chicago after 10:40 p.m. Last train to Chicago arrives by 10:49 p.m.

Amtrak - All service to and from Chicago canceled Wednesday and Thursday

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