Snow Route Parking Ban Declared for Feb. 1 & 2; Snow Emergency Declared for Feb. 2 & 3

Posted on Sunday Feb 01, 2015 in Public works

Snow Route Parking Ban Feb. 1 and 2;
Snow Emergency Feb. 2 and 3;
Free Parking at Three Downtown Evanston Parking Garages


An overnight Snow Route Parking Ban has been declared for Sunday, February 1 and Monday, February 2, 2015. A Snow Emergency will be in effect between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, February 2 and Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

To help reduce the number of cars on city streets, the City of Evanston has opened the three Downtown Evanston Parking Garages for free usage effective immediately. The locations are the 1800 Maple Self Park, the Church St. Self Park and the Sherman Plaza Self Park. The garages will not charge anyone until after 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday evening, February 3. Any cars leaving the garage after 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3 will be charged.


Community members are requested to park according to the red, white and blue signs on the streets to allow the City to effectively clear the snow on Sunday, February 1 and Monday, February 2. Emergency sirens will sound at 8:15 p.m. on Sunday and Monday evenings to remind community members to move their cars.

During the Snow Route Parking Ban, main thoroughfares in Evanston designated as Snow Routes (map here>>>) will be cleared, and parking is illegal on these streets from 11 p.m. on Sunday, February 1 through 6 a.m. on Monday, February 2 and again from 11 p.m. on Monday, February 2 through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, February 3. 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. When community members move their cars to nearby side streets, they are reminded to follow the snow clearing regulations for that street.


Residents are required to park on the odd-numbered side of the streets between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, February 2 and park on the even-numbered side of the streets between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3. Emergency sirens will sound at 7:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Snow Emergency days. Cars parked illegally during Snow Emergencies are subject to ticketing and towing. When community members move their cars to nearby side streets, they are reminded to follow the snow clearing regulations for that side street.

Most streets with parking on one side only have permanent “ODD date” or “EVEN date” signs. This allows them to be plowed during snow emergencies or when voluntary compliance is requested.

For more information on snow parking regulations, visit

Sign Up for Emergency Notifications

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Call 3-1-1

The 311 Center will be open on Sunday, February 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and it will open early at 6 a.m. on Monday, February 2. For information and to report any issues, please call or text 847-448-4311 (or call 311 directly while in Evanston). Residents can now text "snow" to 847-448-4311 to find out if parking restrictions are currently in effect.

Sidewalk Snow Removal

The City of Evanston reminds residents, landlords and businesses of their responsibility to remove snow and ice from sidewalks after a winter event. Sidewalks, parking lots and all common areas including open stairwells, must be kept free from hazardous conditions at all times.
• Sidewalks should be completely cleared to allow everyone, including people with disabilities, children walking to school and the elderly, to travel freely using the sidewalks instead of the street.
• Businesses are responsible for clearing sidewalks adjacent to their property; Snow should be removed a minimum of 36” away from the building to avoid citation.
• Snow should be removed as to not block any public right of way (alleys, sidewalks, fire hydrants and streets).
• If you are a corner residence or business, snow must be removed on both sides of the building to the street crosswalk to be ADA compliant.
• Removal of snow and ice from the sidewalks, curb cuts and parking lots can help to prevent needless accidents and injuries.

Volunteers Sought for Snow Shoveling Assistance

The City of Evanston is looking to connect individuals who are willing to help shovel sidewalks and driveways for seniors and disabled residents in Evanston. Get more details and volunteer >>>

Clear Snow Around Fire Hydrants

The Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services Department encourages residents to clear snow around fire hydrants to keep them accessible and visible from the street. Every minute counts in an emergency, and keeping fire hydrants clear of snow can save precious time. Residents' efforts are much appreciated

Residents are also encouraged to park as close to the curb as possible, clear of alleyways and intersections, so emergency vehicles and City trucks have access.


Please note that sledding and tobogganing on the James Park large center hill is prohibited. Sledding on the small and intermediate hill at James Park is at the user's own risk. Users are responsible for determining if conditions are safe for sledding and adults are responsible for supervising children in their care. Tobogganing, skiing and snowboarding are not permitted.