City plows were able to clear about half of all snow routes overnight, so to plow remaining areas to the curb, Evanston officials have declared a Snow Route Parking Ban again for tonight.

That prohibits parking on main thoroughfares marked snow routes from 11 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Emergency sirens will sound at 8:15 p.m. tonight to remind residents of the Snow Route Parking Ban.

Daytime snow emergency parking restrictions on side streets will remain in effect today and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Don’t park on the side of the street with even-numbered addresses today. And don’t park on the odd-numbered side Wednesday.
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. Please follow the posted signage.

Emergency sirens will sound at 7:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Snow Emergency days.

Visit for more information. Thank you for your cooperation as we work to keep Evanston streets safe.

Free parking continues to be available in the city’s three downtown parking garages through 11:59 p.m. Thursday. You’ll need to present the ticket you received when you entered the garage to exit for free.

Free parking is also available in the AMITA Health St. Francis parking garage through Thursday.

And the city is offering free parking in several surface parking lots until 8 a.m. Thursday. Those are:

  • Lot 16, 800/900 Noyes St. at the CTA tracks
  • Lot 24, 727 Main St.
  • Lot 54, Central Street Metra Station
  • Lot 27, 1621 Oak Ave.
  • Lot 68, 700 block of Howard St.
  • Lot 4, Central Street at Stewart Avenue (metered spaces only)
  • Lot 51, 927 Noyes St. (metered spaces only)
  • Lot 25, 1614 Maple Ave. (metered spaces only)
  • James Park, between the west field house and the hill, as well as the south lot near the CTA tracks, but not the Levy Center parking lot.

Free parking is also available at all Evanston/Skokie School District 65 school parking lots through Sunday.

And daytime parking is available on main thoroughfares posted as Snow Routes. In addition, parking meters and pay boxes will not be enforced in the following locations through Thursday at 8 a.m.:

  • Custer Avenue, between Main and Washington
  • Washington Street, between Chicago and Custer
  • Madison Street, between Chicago and Custer
  • Street parking reminder

Parking meters, pay stations and mobile pay zones continue to be enforced.

The National Weather Service says we can expect the weather to stay about the same as today through Thursday morning. But then look for more snow Thursday afternoon and evening, followed by much colder temperatures. By Sunday we’re expected to see a high temperature of just 7 degrees.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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