In July 1995, a scorching three-day stretch caught the city unprepared, leaving 739 dead. Most victims were Black, elderly and poor living in the city’s poorest neighborhoods: Englewood, Fuller Park, and Roseland, to name a few. For reasons ranging from illness and immobility to poverty and fear, none were prepared for a weather event of such magnitude. COOKED: Survival By Zip Code investigates how one of Chicago’s worst disasters unfolded. On the 25th annversary of the 1995 Chicago heat wave, PBS will air an encore broadcast of COOKED as a look back at what happened and why.
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