City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz explains his decision in light of the forecast for brutal weather:

Tonight’s expected snowfall followed by record-breaking cold on Wednesday will make for especially difficult conditions in Evanston over the next several days. In order to have as many staff as possible indoors beginning Wednesday, the City is getting a head start on its usual snow removal schedule.

For this reason, I’m declaring a Snow Emergency for Monday and Tuesday and a Snow Route Parking Ban for Monday night. See the newsletter below for details on parking restrictions. If four inches of snow do not accumulate by 8 a.m. on Monday morning as expected, the Snow Emergency will be rescinded. Please visit for the latest information.

Thank you for your cooperation as we work to keep Evanston streets and everyone in our community safe in these tough weather conditions.

Wally Bobkiewicz
City Manager

Snow Parking Restrictions January 28-29

Snow Route Parking Ban, January 28
Snow Emergency, January 28 and 29


The City of Evanston has declared an overnight Snow Route Parking Ban affecting main thoroughfares on Monday, January 28, and a Snow Emergency affecting side streets on Monday, January 28 and Tuesday, January 29. Community members are requested to park according to the posted street signs to allow the City to effectively clear the snow.

Snow Route Parking Ban: Monday night (Jan. 28)

A Snow Route Parking Ban for main thoroughfares will be in effect from 11 p.m. on Monday, January 28 until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January 29. Even if plows have been through, snow removal operations may require return visits. Vehicles are subject to ticketing, towing and storage charges.

Snow Emergency: Monday and Tuesday (Jan. 28 and 29)

Snow Emergency even/odd parking restrictions for side streets will be in effect on Monday, January 28 and Tuesday, January 29, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. No parking is allowed on Monday, January 28 on the even-numbered side of the street. No parking is allowed on Tuesday, January 29 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 that allow them to be plowed during snow emergencies.

Vehicles are subject to ticketing and towing. If towed, cars will be returned to the vicinity from which they were towed.

Emergency Sirens

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

Free Parking Available In City Garages


To assist plowing operations and to make parking more convenient for residents, the City is offering residents free parking in downtown garages through Tuesday, January 29 at 11:59 p.m. Garages are located at:

Sherman Plaza, 821 Davis St.

Maple Avenue, 1800 Maple Ave.

Church Street, 525 Church St.

Drivers will need to present the ticket they received upon entering the garage in order to exit for free.

Presence Saint Francis Hospital is also allowing residents to park overnight on the 5th and 6th floor of its parking structure through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday.

Snow Shoveling Assistance and Guidelines

Need help shoveling snow or want to help your neighbors? The City’s Senior & Disabled Persons Snow Shoveling program connects residents with volunteers who are willing to provide snow shoveling services. 

Shoveling Guidelines
Property owners are responsible for clearing a path at least 36 inches wide whenever there’s an accumulation of four inches of snow or more. If you own a multi-family property, common entrances and sidewalks must remain free of ice and snow following any snow event. Business owners are required to shovel walkways and are encouraged to use salt, sand, or ice melt to keep sidewalks clear for visitors and customers. The City does not clear snow from sidewalks in business districts.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping Evanston sidewalks safe and accessible.

Adopt a Fire Hydrant

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.

Warming Centers Available

Community members are welcome to stay warm at City recreation centers and Evanston Public Library locations during their normal hours of operation.

Interfaith Action of Evanston will open its overnight shelter at First Presbyterian Church, 1427 Chicago Ave., beginning at 9 p.m.

Questions? Contact 311

Evanston 311 will be open on Monday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call or text 847-448-4311 for questions or concerns.

For more information on snow parking regulations, please visit