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Heat wave sweeps through Chicago as first responders, pets and others seek relief

Heat wave sweeps through Chicago as first responders, pets and others seek relief

Heat wave sweeps through Chicago as first responders, pets and others seek relief

CHICAGO — Chicago’s first heat wave of 2024 has everyone from the city’s top accountants to furry companions trying to stay cool.

Bayleigh Poy’s four-month-old golden retriever Riley isn’t used to the extreme heat yet, but his attempts to cool off at Fred Anderson Dog Park in the South Loop weren’t bad at all.


“When we walk down the street, she tries to walk in the shade as much as she can,” Poy told WGN News Monday. “He’s just finished taking all the photos, so this is the first time he’s really been outside. She likes it, but it’s really hot.”

Fellow dog owner Brooke Hungerford also shared tips on how she planned to keep her pet cool amid the warm temperatures.

“Just minimize your time in the park,” she said. “It may take about 20-30 more minutes to come out, but as you can see, we have pools. They can come in and cool off and stay hydrated.”

Just down the block, Chicago firefighters took a heat break after responding to a fire on the CTA Orange and Green lines.

The city advised outdoor workers, the elderly, pregnant women and those with asthma to be aware of the dangers of extreme heat.

Two brothers, Luke and Miles Guist, sought a reprieve from the heat at the Wrightwood Park pool, one of 50 that opened Monday in the city.

“When I finally got in the pool, it felt like heaven,” Luke Guist said.

Twenty-seven indoor pools also opened, along with splash pads, all accessible six days a week through Labor Day thanks to increased lifeguards. The city’s only inland beach in Humboldt Park also reopened after a four-year closure on Monday.

The reopening of the beach was good news for visitor Alex Neioo.

“Traffic, kids, they don’t do the best in the car. This is much closer for us,” said Neioo.

Beach woman Francine Brown also praised the reopening of Humboldt Park Beach.

“A lot of them are further out, like Promotion Point and all those places,” she said. “But it’s also quite nice because it’s quite small and not that deep, and the water feels really good.”