Thanksgiving is only a week away, and the City of Evanston has announced changes in service delivery and facility hours in recognition of the Big Day.

No refuse collections will occur on Thursday, of course, so trash, yard waste, and recycling collections will, instead, occur on Friday, and Friday condo recycling collections will occur on Saturday, Nov. 24.

The 311 Service Center will be closed all day Thursday, but will resume for regular hours, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Friday.

The Morton Civic Center will be closed both Thursday and Friday.

All Evanston Public Library locations will be closed on Thursday, as will the Robert Crown Center.

The Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, the Gibbs-Morrison Center, Levy Senior Center, and Noyes Cultural Arts Center, will be closed both Thrusday and Friday, and the Evanston Ecology Center will be closed through Nov. 25.

Thanksgiving is a City of Evanston parking holiday. In addition, from Saturday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Jan. 5, Evanston shoppers can have their parking validated at participating Evanston businesses with a qualifying purchase.

Validation can be used for free two-hour parking at city meters, lots, and garages on weekdays, from 5 p.m. to midnight, and all day on Saturdays. Shoppers parking at city meters and lots must use the Park Evanston mobile app in order to redeem validation. Parking is free at city meters, lots, and garages on Sundays.

Complete holiday closure information is available on the city’s website.

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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