Chicago’s Air Quality Is the Worst in the World


Leslie Lozada

Main Campus’s Field empty on June 27th

Leslie Lozada, Editor in Chief

The Air Quality Index reported that Chicago has the worst air quality out of all other major cities in the world as of June 27, 2023.

Due to wildfire smoke from Canada, air quality has dropped in northeastern Illinois, and it is expected to persist through the end of June 28 at the Unhealthy level. It will be moderately better on June 29, but it will be unhealthy for those in Sensitivity groups. Illinois’ northeast and Indiana’s northwest regions are affected.

NEIU sent out a Targeted Announcement the morning of June 28 due to the persistent Unhealthy levels in Chicago. Jennie Lasko, Interim Director of Student Health Services, mentioned in her announcement what to do during this time: “It is highly recommended that seniors, children, young adults and anyone with lung or heart conditions stay indoors. Wear a KN95 or better face mask if going outdoors.” 

As projected by the Air Quality Index in Chicago, it is expected to be moderate from June 29 through July 3, then back to average levels.  

For those that are currently on campus, there are masks at the Welcome Desk at the Main Campus.