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Quiet day downtown — except for the plows

With many downtown businesses in Evanston closed because of the blizzard, the main activity for pedestrians trudging around this afternoon seemed to be taking pictures and marveling at the size of the snow drifts.

With many downtown businesses in Evanston closed because of the blizzard, the main activity for pedestrians trudging around this afternoon seemed to be taking pictures and marveling at the size of the snow drifts.

Our award for most spectacularly snowbound entry door goes to the Celtic Knot Pub on Church Street, where the revolving door was packed with snow all the way to the top.

Employees of some businesses were busy shoveling the walks in front of their shops.

While other businesses, like the Whole Foods at Chicago Avenue and Church Street,

left customers not only empty-handed because they were closed, but struggling to make it through snow drifts in front of their building.

City crews were building massive snow piles as they tried to clear the streets,

Though not without the occasional mishap …

as when this front end loader took out a street light pole in front of the Chase Bank building on Davis Street.

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