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City alters schedule for deep freeze

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Due to the extreme cold temperatures forecast for Evanston, only essential vital services will operate on Wednesday. Police, Fire and Public Works staff will be on duty to address any urgent issues.

The Morton Civic Center will close at 6 p.m. tonight and will be closed on Wednesday. City meetings scheduled for Tuesday evening and all meetings scheduled for Wednesday, including the Special City Council meeting, have been canceled.

All Evanston Public Library locations will close at 6 p.m. tonight and will be closed all day on Wednesday.

All Parks, Recreation and Community Services classes and programming after 6 p.m. today and all day on Wednesday have been canceled.

Facility schedules are as follows:

  • The Chandler-Newberger Center, Evanston Ecology Center, Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, Noyes Cultural Art Center and Robert Crown Center will close no later than 6 p.m. tonight and will be closed all day on Wednesday.
  • The Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center will close at 6 p.m. tonight and will be open on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for drop-in activities for children ages 5 to 14. Regular programming and activities have been canceled. 
  • The Levy Senior Center will close at 6 p.m. tonight and will be open on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for drop-in activities for seniors and children ages 5 to 14. Regular programming and activities have been canceled. The Levy Center’s Transportation Resource Fair planned for Thursday has been rescheduled to March 7.

Trash and recycling collection postponed

Trash and recycling collection will not occur on Wednesday. Collections will be delayed until later in the week, as determined by weather conditions.

311 Open

311 will be open for extended hours on Wednesday, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Call/text 847-448-4311 or dial 3-1-1 in Evanston for questions or to report any issues. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

Warming Centers

The Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St, and Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and can be used as warming facilities.

Interfaith Action of Evanston will open its overnight shelter at First Presbyterian Church, 1427 Chicago Ave., beginning at 9 p.m. tonight and Wednesday.

Cook County has announced that its suburban courthouses, including the one in Skokie, will be open to serve as 24 hour warming centers from tonight through Thursday.

Free garage parking extended through Thursday

Free parking in the City’s three downtown parking garages — Sherman Plaza, 821 Davis St.; Maple Avenue, 1800 Maple Ave., and Church Street, 525 Church St. — has been extended through Thursday midnight.

Drivers will need to present the ticket they received upon entering the garage in order to exit for free.

St. Francis Hospital is also allowing residents to park overnight on the 5th and 6th floor of its parking structure through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday.

City parking meters and pay stations will not be enforced on Wednesday.

Public Transportation

Extreme weather conditions may affect bus and train operations and cause significant delays. Unnecessary trips should be avoided.

Metra
Metra will operate a modified schedule on Wednesday. View the Union Pacific North Line modified schedule. Thursday’s schedule has yet to be determined. More information and updates will be available at metrarail.com.

Pace
All ADA Paratransit Subscription Trips through Thursday have been canceled. Visit pacebus.com for service updates.

CTA
Visit transitchicago.com for service updates.

Home safety tips

Never use your oven for heat.

Use electric space heaters with extreme care, and avoid placing them near curtains or other flammable materials. Be sure to turn them off before going to bed.

Keep cabinet doors open under kitchen and bathroom sinks overnight to help prevent frozen water pipes, and insulate water pipes in unheated spaces, like garages, basements and crawl spaces.

Keep your thermostat set to at least 70 degrees and do not lower the temperature at night. Home heating systems are not designed to handle sub-zero temperatures and may struggle to recover if the temperature is too low.

Make sure air vents and radiators are not blocked or obstructed.

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