Snow Emergency parking and plowing

As a reminder, Snow Emergency parking restrictions for side streets are in effect today, Tuesday, January 29, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is not allowed on the odd-numbered side of the street during these hours.

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.

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Emergency Sirens

Emergency sirens will sound at 7:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday to announce the Snow Emergency parking restrictions. 

Free Parking Available In City Garages

Snow Parking

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

Fire hydrant in snow.

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

cold temperatures

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.

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Questions? Contact 311

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

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