House Move to Impact Traffic and Parking on Green Bay Rd., Central St. and Crawford Ave.

Posted on Thursday Feb 26, 2015

CLARIFICATION posted on March 3:
There will be a rolling closure of Central Street, not a complete closing of major portions of the street as happens for the Fourth of July parade. A police squad car will travel a block or two ahead of the house; cross streets will be closed until after the house clears the intersection. While a section of the street is closed, vehicles can use adjacent side streets.


On Thursday, March 5, beginning around 6 a.m., the historic John Van Bergen Irving House, temporarily housed in the parking lot of the future Whole Foods on Green Bay Rd., will be moved to its new location on Crawford Ave., weather permitting.

The streets impacted by the house move will be Green Bay Rd., Central St. and Crawford Ave. The house will leave the Whole Foods parking lot on Green Bay Rd., just south of Isabella St., and will be will be moved south on Green Bay Rd. to Central St., travel west on Central St. to Crawford Ave., and continue west towards Glenview Road.Simplified map of house move

The City of Evanston is welcoming this historic home and is attempting to minimize the disruption to residents and businesses. However, for safety reasons and to create a move that will be as quick as possible, traffic signals on the route will be flashing red and through traffic will need to take alternate routes, including buses. Drivers and people taking public transportation are advised to allow extra travel time. Reroute for CTA bus #201 and #206 circulator

Parking restrictions will be in place and signs will be posted 48 hours in advance. In preparation for the move, on Wednesday, March 4, business district parking meters on the route will be hooded inside out starting at 4 p.m., which will allow for business customer parking that afternoon and evening. Later that evening, these meters will be hooded as a no parking/tow zone overnight starting at 11 p.m. Cars parked illegally will be ticketed and towed.

On Friday, February 27, the webpage, will go live in the afternoon to provide information about the move as it becomes confirmed, such as transit service rerouting plans.

For questions or concerns, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents can simply dial 3-1-1 while in Evanston.

For more information about the house’s first move from Isabella St. to the Whole Foods parking lot (formerly Dominick's), read more here.