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On Thursday, March 5, beginning around 6 a.m., the historic John Van Bergen Irving House, temporarily housed in the parking lot of the future Whole Foods on Green Bay Road in Evanston, will be moved to its new location on Crawford Avenue in Evanston, weather permitting.
The Evanston streets impacted by the house move will be Green Bay Road, Central Street and Crawford Avenue. The house will leave the Whole Foods parking lot on Green Bay Road, just south of Isabella Street, and will be moved south on Green Bay Road to Central Street, travel west on Central Street to Crawford Avenue, and continue northwest on Crawford Avenue toward Glenview Road.
The City of Evanston is welcoming this historic home and is attempting to minimize the disruption to people and businesses. However, for safety reasons and to create a move that will be as quick as possible, traffic signals on the route will be flashing red and through traffic, including buses, will need to take alternate routes.
Drivers and people taking public transportation are advised to allow extra travel time. The CTA is rerouting bus #201 and the #206 Evanston Circulator. The CTA’s rerouting information is posted at www.cityofevanston.org/housemove.
Parking restrictions will be in place and signs will be posted 48 hours in advance. In preparation for the move, on Wednesday, March 4, business district parking meters on the route will be hooded inside out starting at 4 p.m., which will allow for business customer parking that afternoon and evening. Later that evening, these meters will be hooded as a no parking/tow zone overnight starting at 11 p.m. Cars parked illegally will be ticketed and towed.
For more information, please visit www.cityofevanston.org/housemove. Please direct questions or concerns to the project contractor, Dan Dillabaugh at Dillabaugh, Inc. at 219-663-3761 or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.