The official made for Tuesday at O & Hare Airport was 7 degrees, breaking the previous record low for November 12 at 8 degrees – the coldest temperature ever recorded so early in the season. A record low temperature was also set on Monday, with temperatures down to 13 degrees.
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Commuters at 95th Street and the Dan Ryan Expressway were chilled to the bone as record snow gives way to record cold.
Overnight, people cuddled under heat lamps on the Roosevelt "L" platform and people shook in the CTA bus shelters.
People traveling to work on Tuesday morning said they were freezing despite their best efforts.
"It definitely feels like it's cutting my face. I have nothing to go over, so I'm just doing the best I can," said commuter Brian Johnson. [1
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"It's so cold it burns my face," Lattea Scates said. "I work downtown at night, so I just leave this morning and come to a mess."
The cold has left the sidewalks encased in ice, and many are worried about falling.
"I'm pretty prepared for it, just have to get better boots or something so I don't slip," Brooke Howard said.
Meanwhile, teenagers at a South Side high school matured the pure weather, which for many came prematurely.
"I mean it's like bitter cold out here, but I don't know why it's so cold, it's not even Thanksgiving yet. It's crazy," said Demario Greer.
While some dream of warmer days, Rosetta Jones says she loves cold.
"This is my kind of weather," she said. "Because I was born in December."
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"It came to us like lots of bricks," said commuter Patrick Green. "I need to get some warmer clothes."
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The cold comes after some parts of the Chicago area received six inches of snow Monday and more than 1,000 flights became canceled at O & # 39; Hare and Midway.
The planes will be back in the air Tuesday morning, with 100 aircraft canceled at O & # 39; Hare and five at Midway from 11:30 AM
On Monday, poor visibility and strong gusts made for less than ideal conditions. At one point on Monday night, 1,276 aircraft were canceled at O & Hare and 78 at Midway. Delays on O & # 39; Hare are on average over an hour.
Some people were left stranded here at the airport because they couldn't get rooms at hotels nearby. Others were lucky and managed to stay close while they waited.
"I stayed the night, but it was very difficult to get a hotel, and they were very stuffed, so I ended up staying in Skokie yesterday," said stranded passenger Betsy Hopkins. "But hey, I'm on my way home today, that's good. It's good.
Tuesday morning, delays are less than 20 minutes at O & # 39; Hare and Midway.
The city of Chicago has street sweeps for the rest The Streets and Sanitation Department said crews will start sweeping again on Monday according to the regular schedule, and will make up for the lost days after the scheduled season has ended, weather permitting.
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Bobby Lopez is taken off guard by the sudden and early arrival of winter weather, and is among the dozens of homeless men and women who try to stay warm as the temperature drops in
"I'm trying to use propane gas to keep me warm," Lopez said. "If it goes below zero, I hope someone can help us move in somewhere, so I don't have to deal me to get frostbite or catch pneumonia, "Lopez said.
Strangers, along with co ncerned, such as Barbara Rucci, are taking steps to help by donating supplies to charity Wrapped in Love.
"There are basic things; his gloves, hats, tents, propane tanks, everything that can be given," Rucci said.
Susie Barrto, who founded the charity seven years ago, said delivering supplies is a matter of life or death.
"I absolutely have to be proactive in bringing them the supplies they need because they want to die," Barrto said.
The cold weather drove some to the Pacific Garden Mission on Tuesday afternoon. They expect 300 more people than the usual 600 men, women and children they host for one night.
While Pastor Phil Kwiatkowski says he can find space and food for all of them, he may not be able to keep them warm as they leave.
"I guess where it ends surprisingly is the lack of coats, socks, gloves, hats, we don't have enough, and we would like more," Kwiatkowski said.
St. Sabina Catholic Church's service center also feels the pinch Before the weather hit, the charity thought it was ready for the winter rush, but will now have to play and catch up for its Thanksgiving turkey gift.
"Now it seems we need to do it at the same time and not need anything be in front of it, like taking back, said St. Sabina Social Director Director Fitz Crann.
There is little consolation for Juan Matchain, who has been homeless for one year.
"When the cold hits you It can hit your whole body, you put on a pair of boots, but you can still freeze," Matchain said. "You just have to take it day by day."
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