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The City of Evanston has posted the following information on the cold weather, what’s open and what’s closed, City services in operation, warming centers and shelters – and tips for staying warm and safe:

Extreme cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills are expected to persist in Evanston through Thursday morning, followed by a potential two to three inches of snow on Thursday evening as temperatures begin to rise. Due to the severe weather conditions, only essential City services will operate on Thursday, January 31. Police, Fire and Public Works staff will be on duty to address any urgent issues.

Normal operations are expected to resume on Friday, February 1.

Facility Closings and Schedules

The Morton Civic Center will remain closed on Thursday. City meetings scheduled for Thursday are canceled.

The main Evanston Public Library will be closed on Thursday. The CAMS and North Library branches will also be closed, in accordance with their normal schedules.

All Parks, Recreation and Community Services classes and programming are canceled on Thursday. Facility schedules are as follows:

The Chandler-Newberger Center, Evanston Ecology Center, Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, Noyes Cultural Art Center and Robert Crown Center will be closed on Thursday.

The Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center will be open on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for drop-in activities for children ages 5 to 14. Regular programming and activities have been canceled. 

The Levy Senior Center will be open on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for drop-in activities for seniors and children ages 5 to 14. Regular programming and activities have been canceled. 

Trash and Recycling Collection

Recycling collection will not occur on Thursday. Wednesday collections will occur on Friday and Thursday collections will occur on Saturday.

Groot has not yet determined if Thursday trash collections will take place. Please visit the City’s website for updates.

311 Open

311 will be open for extended hours on Thursday, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Please call/text 847-448-4311 or dial 3-1-1 in Evanston for questions or to report any issues. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

Warming Centers


Please check on neighbors, especially the elderly and those who may be more susceptible to cold weather.

The Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St, and Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and can be used as warming facilities.

Interfaith Action of Evanston will open its overnight shelter at First Presbyterian Church, 1427 Chicago Ave., beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

Connections for the Homeless welcomes community members to stay warm at its office, located at 2121 Dewey Ave., and Hilda’s Place, 1458 Chicago Ave., from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

Free Garage Parking through Thursday

Free parking in the City’s three downtown parking garages is available through Thurs., Jan. 31 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 Thursday.

City parking meters and pay stations will not be enforced on Thursday.

School Closings

Evanston/Skokie School District 65
District 65 schools and centers will be closed on both Wednesday and Thursday.  

Evanston Township High School District 202
Evanston Township High School District 202 will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

Northwestern University
Northwestern University‘s Chicago and Evanston campuses are closed through noon on Thursday.

Public Transportation

Extreme weather conditions may affect bus and train operations and cause significant delays. Unnecessary trips should be avoided.

Metra will again operate a modified schedule on Thursday. View the Union Pacific North Line modified schedule. Visit metrarail.com for services updates.

All ADA Paratransit Subscription Trips through Thursday, January 31 have been canceled. Visit pacebus.com for service updates.

Visit transitchicago.com for service updates.

Home Safety Tips

  • Never use your oven for heat.
  • Use electric space heaters with extreme care, and avoid placing them near curtains or other flammable materials. Be sure to turn them off before going to bed.
  • Keep cabinet doors open under kitchen and bathroom sinks overnight to help prevent frozen water pipes, and insulate water pipes in unheated spaces, like garages, basements and crawl spaces.
  • Keep your thermostat set to at least 70 degrees and do not lower the temperature at night. Home heating systems are not designed to handle sub-zero temperatures and may struggle to recover if the temperature is too low.
  • Make sure air vents and radiators are not blocked or obstructed.

Shoveling Assistance, Guidelines and Safety

Shoveling Assistance
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.

Shoveling Safety Reminder
Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that if you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold. Otherwise, if you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly. Remember, your body is already working hard just to stay warm, so don’t overdo it.

Report Power Outages to ComEd

Residents should report power outages, downed or low-hanging wires to ComEd at 1-800-334-7661.

4.30 p.m. Update From the City Manager

ComEd crews have restored power to all affected properties. There are no power outages to report at this time.

Fire Department responded to 18 calls today.

A few private properties have reported frozen water services and are working to fix. 

There are no major Public Works issues to report. Crews will be on hand tomorrow afternoon to prepare for an expected two to three inches of snow in the evening.

There are no current issues to report at City facilities or Library locations.

Twenty community members have participated in drop-in activities at the Levy Center and approximately 40 have participated at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, primarily middle school and high school students.

The elevator is still out at Howard CTA station. Purple line delays continue. 

Next regular update tomorrow around 9 a.m.