Arctic blast hits Chicago hard

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CHICAGO -- Chicago's record breaking cold snap had the city spending more than 12 hours in the subzero temperatures which dropped down to 8 below at O’Hare this morning- beating a record set in 1936.

Add in the bitter wind chills and it felt like 30 below.

The Cook County medical examiner's office says the weather has contributed to at least 20 deaths across Cook County.

The cold closed most schools today- putting working parents in a pinch. Some dropped their children off at the YMCA. The organization has been offering special programs to keep children active and give parents someplace to take them when school's out.

Many of Chicago's museums offered free admission for kids today. The Adler Planetarium, Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry were among those offering children the chance to explore indoors.

Another wind chill advisory has been issued for the area for overnight Thursday into Friday.

Updates at Chicago Weather Center.

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