This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.Wednesday is expected to be the worst. Wind chills in northern Illinois could fall to negative 55 degrees (negative 48 degrees Celsius). The high temperature forecast at O’Hare on Wednesday is negative 14 degrees (negative 25 degrees Celsius), which would break a record set on Jan. 18, 1994. At least four deaths were linked to the weather system, including a man struck and killed by a snow plow in the Chicago area, a young couple whose SUV struck another on a snowy road in northern Indiana and a Milwaukee man found frozen to death in a garage. Major Chicago attractions, like the Lincoln Park Zoo, Art Institute of Chicago and Field Museum, will be closed Wednesday.
School ClosuresAll Chicago Public Schools will be closed Wednesday and Thursday due to the impending freezing temps. Several other schools across the Chicago area, and the following universities, are also planning to close:
- Northwestern University: closed 8 p.m. Tuesday through 12 p.m. Thursday
- DePaul University: closed 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Wednesday
- University of Chicago: closed Wednesday
- Loyola University: closed 5 p.m. Tuesday through 12 p.m. Thursday
- Illinois State University, Normal: closed 11 p.m. Tuesday through 9:30 a.m. Thursday
- Northern Illinois University: closed from 10 p.m. Tuesday until 10 p.m. Wednesday. Satellite campuses in Naperville, Rockford, Hoffman Estates and Oregon, Ill., will be open and operating on normal schedules.