Driving down Central Street during the morning rush hour may be difficult Thursday, as that historic Wilmette house that’s been in the Whole Foods parking lot on Green Bay Road in Evanston since October will be on the move to its new resting place on Crawford Avenue.
Beginning at about 6 a.m., the house will move out of the parking lot at Green Bay Road and Isabella Street, head south on Green Bay to Central Street, then west to Crawford Avenue and northwest to Glenview Road.
Route of the house through Evanston Thursday.
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, including the #201 and #206 CTA buses, will need to take alternate routes, according to the city.
Evanston Township High School officials say students who normally catch the 206 bus on Central between Crawford and Green Bay will need to look for the bus on Grant Street instead — at the same cross streets where the bus normally stops on Central.
Parking restrictions will be in place and signs will be posted 48 hours in advance. In preparation for the move, on Wednesday, 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, the city warned.
Updated information will be available on the city’s website.
Built in 1928, the house was designed by John Van Bergen, who worked in the office of Frank Lloyd Wright and served as a notable Prairie School designer.
Top: The house, when it was moved from Wilmette to the Whole Foods parking lot last October.