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An overnight Snow Route Parking Ban has been declared for Sunday, Feb.  1 and Monday, Feb. 2. A Snow Emergency will be in effect between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, February 2 and Tuesday, Feb. 3.

To help reduce the number of cars on city streets, the City of Evanston has opened the three Downtown Evanston Parking Garages for free usage effective immediately. The locations are the 1800 Maple Self Park, the Church Street Self Park and the Sherman Plaza Self Park. The garages will not charge anyone until after 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday evening, Feb. 3. Any cars leaving the garage after 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3 will be charged.

Snow Route Parking Ban Feb. 1 & 2

Community members are requested to park according to the red- white- and-blue signs on the streets to allow the City to effectively clear the snow on Sunday, Feb. 1 and Monday, Feb. 2. Emergency sirens will sound at 8:15 p.m. on Sunday and Monday evenings to remind community members to move their cars.

During the Snow Route Parking Ban, main thoroughfares in Evanston designated as Snow Routes will be cleared, and parking is illegal on these streets from 11 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1 through 6 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 2 and again from 11 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2 through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Even if plows have been through, snow removal operations may require return visits by City trucks. During a Snow Route Parking Ban, vehicles are subject to ticketing, towing and storage charges. When community members move their cars to nearby side streets, they are reminded to follow the snow clearing regulations for that street.

Snow Emergency Feb. 2 & 3

Residents are required to park on the odd-numbered side of the streets between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2 and park on the even-numbered side of the streets between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Emergency sirens will sound at 7:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Snow Emergency days. Cars parked illegally during Snow Emergencies are subject to ticketing and towing. When community members move their cars to nearby side streets, they are reminded to follow the snow clearing regulations for that side street.

Most streets with parking on one side only have permanent “ODD date” or “EVEN date” signs. This allows them to be plowed during snow emergencies or when voluntary compliance is requested.

For updates on Evanston’s snow situation, text “SNOW” to 847-448-4311, call 847-864-7669 (SNOW), visit cityofevanston.org or the City’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, tune in to AM1650, or turn on Cable Channel 16.

The 311 Center will be open on Sunday, Feb. 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and it will open early, at 6 a.m., on Monday, Feb. 2. For more information on snow parking regulations, call/text 847-448-4311; Evanston residents can dial 3-1-1. 

Update on Evening Snow, Monday Garbage and Recycling Pickups

The following information was provided by the City on Sunday evening, Feb. 1:

“s of 6 p.m. approximately 12” of snow has fallen. Heavier snow rates will continue until about 9 or 10pm and then begin to taper off. For the rest of the night we can anticipate an additional 2-3” as the snow diminishes to flurries by 4 a.m. The winds will continue to gust up to 35 mph until about midnight.

 During the day crews plowed all streets in the City with main and collector streets plowed multiple times. Tonight plowing operations will continue with a focus on preparing the main streets collectors and streets around schools for Monday morning’s rush hour and School openings.

  • Tonight, Feb. 1, there will be a SNOW ROUTE PARKING BAN IN EFFECT AT 11PM.
  • Tomorrow a snow emergency will be in effect, as crews will focus on plowing residential streets curb to curb.
  • Garbage and recycling collection will occur as scheduled but may be slower than normal due to the quantity of snow in the alleys.

Total city wide cleanup will likely be occurring for the remainder of the week and additional parking restriction days may be required to facilitate proper clean up.