Snow Parking Restrictions February 9-11

Snow Route Parking Ban in Effect Fri., Feb. 9; Snow Emergency for Sat., Feb. 10Sun., Feb. 11

The City of Evanston has declared a Snow Route Parking Ban for tonight, Fri., Feb. 9 between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., and a Snow Emergency for side streets on Sat., Feb. 10 and Sun., Feb. 11 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Community members are requested to park according to the posted street signs to allow the City to effectively clear the snow.

To assist plowing operations and to make parking more convenient for residents, the City, both school districts and Northwestern University are allowing residents to park in their lots or garages during specific times this weekend (details below).

Snow Route Parking Ban
During the Snow Route Parking Ban, main thoroughfares in Evanston designated as Snow Routes will be cleared first, and parking is illegal on these streets between 11 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 9 through 6 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 10. 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.

Snow Emergency
During this weekend’s Snow Emergency parking restrictions, no parking is allowed on Sat., Feb. 10 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the even-numbered side of the street. No parking is allowed on Sun., Feb. 11 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the odd-numbered side of the street. 

Streets that are affected during snow emergencies are those with parking on both sides which are not posted as Snow Routes. Most streets with parking on one side only now have permanent “ODD date” or “EVEN date” signs. This allows them to be plowed during snow emergencies. 

During a Snow Emergency, vehicles are subject to ticketing and towing. If towed, cars will be returned to the vicinity from which they were towed.

Emergency sirens will sound at 8:15 p.m. Friday to remind community members to move their cars for the Snow Route Parking Ban. The sirens will sound at 7:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to announce the Snow Emergency parking restrictions. 

Parking Options

City Garages
The City has opened all three downtown parking garages for free parking through Sun., Feb. 11 at 11:59 p.m. Garages are located at:

Evanston Township High School is allowing residents to park in its parking lots from 6 a.m. on Saturday until 6 p.m. on Sunday.

District 65
Evanston/Skokie School District 65 is allowing residents to park in all of its parking lots on Sunday. However, cars must be removed by 6 p.m. In addition, the following school district lots are also available starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday: Dawes, Kingsley, Lincoln, Lincolnwood and Oakton.

In partnership with the City of Evanston, Northwestern University will open its North and South Parking Garages during the snow emergency to provide additional free parking for the Evanston community. The North and South Parking Garages will be open to the public from Fri., Feb. 9 at 6 p.m., through Mon., Feb. 12 at 6 a.m.

During that time, anyone can park inside these Northwestern garages for free, and all parking access gate arms will be raised throughout the snow emergency. Those who choose to use the garages are asked to follow all designated parking signage within the facilities.

All vehicles without a Northwestern permit should vacate the North and South Parking Garages before 6 a.m. on Mon., Feb. 12, to ensure the garages are available for normal daily use.

As a reminder, daily parking in the North and South Parking Garages for those without a current permit is available for $8. Daily parking can be paid for at pay stations located in each elevator lobby. For more information on the North and South Parking Garages and other on-campus parking details, please visit the Northwestern Transportation and Parking website at


Northwestern Parking Garage locations:

  1. North Garage, 2311 North Campus Dr.: from Sheridan Road and Lincoln Street, turn east towards Lake Michigan
  2. South Garage, 1841 Sheridan Rd.: from Sheridan Road, turn onto South Campus Drive from the point where north-southbound Sheridan Road turns west, on the south end of campus

Snow Shoveling

If you need assistance shoveling, or would like to volunteer to help neighbors who are elderly or who have a disabilty with shoveling, sign up for the City’s Volunteer Snow Shoveling Program.

Property owners are responsible for clearing sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours after a snowfall of four inches or more. When shoveling a sidewalk, please clear a path that is at least 36 inches wide. Landlords are responsible for keeping sidewalks, parking lots and all common areas, including open stairwells, free from all hazardous conditions at all times.

Please Adopt a Fire Hydrant Near Your Home


Residents’ efforts to clear snow at least two feet away from fire hydrants are much appreciated. Ensuring that fire hydrants are visible and accessible from the street can save precious time in an emergency. Thank you for your help and cooperation.

For more information on snow parking regulations, please visit Inquiries about snow removal should be directed to 3-1-1 or