DeKalb, Sycamore encourage residents to seek shelter from the cold

The DeKalb and Sycamore fire departments are encouraging residents to utilize countywide warming centers during periods of extremely cold temperatures, which any residents can use to stay warm and safe.

These buildings are warming centers during their normal operational hours:


DeKalb Senior Center 
330 Grove Street
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

DeKalb Park District 
Haish Gymnasium, 303 S. Ninth St.
6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Monday through Wednesday
6 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Thursday
8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Friday
10 a.m. to11:45 a.m. Saturday

DeKalb Public Library
309 Oak St.
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

If the above warming centers are closed, Hope Haven, 1145 Rushmore Drive in DeKalb, is considered a no-turn-away shelter.

If you need to locate a warming center, visit the city's website or call the city's Building and Code Compliance Division at 815-748-2070 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day of the week, and 815-748-8460 after hours. Residents can also call these numbers to report a heating problem in a residential building, or resolve a heating problem with a landlord. According to city of DeKalb municipal code, landlords must heat residential buildings to at least 68 degrees from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and 62 degrees at all other times.

If you need to request a well-being check, call the DeKalb Police Department at 815-748-8400.


Sycamore Police Department
535 DeKalb Ave.
Open 24 hours, seven days a week

Sycamore Public Library
103 E. State St.
9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
1 to 5 p.m. Sunday
The library is closed Dec. 24, 25, and Jan. 1.

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