Despite Evanston’s above-average autumn temperatures, the city is warning that a change is inevitable and has designated the week of Nov. 16-20 as Winter Preparedness Week.

To help make winter easier, the city offers convenient text message and email alerts to notify residents when snow parking restrictions go into effect.

To sign up for text message alerts, text COE SNOW to 468311. Community members can also sign up for email or text alerts online.

 From Dec. 1 through March 31, the city may enforce temporary parking restrictions in the event of accumulated snowfall:

A Snow Route Parking Ban affecting main streets goes into effect after two inches or more of snow.

A Snow Emergency affecting side streets goes into effect after 4 inches or more of snow.


During a declared Snow Route Parking Ban or Snow Emergency, parking on the street is illegal for the duration of the time indicated on the posted street signs even if plows have been through, as plowing and salting operations may require return visits by city trucks.

Anytime snow is present on roadways, voluntarily abiding by posted even/odd parking rules helps plows clear snow to the curb. Residents can also help facilitate snow removal by parking as close to the curb as possible, clear of alleyways and intersections, so trucks and emergency vehicles have access to the streets.

Property owners are responsible for clearing sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours after any snowfall. Paths should be at least 36 inches wide to allow everyone to use the sidewalk, including those with wheelchairs, walkers or strollers.

Additionally, residents are encouraged to clear the area surrounding fire hydrants. Keeping fire hydrants visible and accessible from the street can save precious time in an emergency.

Landlords are responsible for keeping sidewalks, hydrants, parking lots, and all common areas, including open stairwells, free from all hazardous conditions at all times. To report a snow removal violation, please call/text (847) 448-4311.

Residents who need assistance shoveling their property, or who would like to volunteer to help elderly and disabled neighbors shovel, are encouraged to register for the city’s Senior & Disabled Persons Snow Shoveling Program online or by calling/texting (847) 448-4311. 

Although the city does not plow alleys, refuse and recycling collections continue. Residents are encouraged to clear snow to allow crews to access refuse containers.

Any questions or problems? Just dial 3-1-1.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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