Street Cleaning

Street Cleaning

Street cleaning is conducted from March 1 to December 15 to eliminate litter, debris, and leaves from the streets. It's also a cost effective way to collect any pollutants that are on the street before they wash into the storm sewer system, rivers and lakes. Parking enforcement for the 2016 season will begin Monday, May 2 to allow for installation of new signage.

Changes to Street Cleaning Operations in 2016

As part of the City’s commitment to continuous improvement, a year-long analysis of street cleaning operations was conducted. The objective was to determine how to most effectively clean the streets and then clearly communicate the necessary parking regulations. Last year, many community members provided detailed input and suggestions through a survey. The feedback helped form an updated operations plan, which was approved by City Council.

What’s New


  • Signage - New street signs are being installed, which list the specific days and times parking is restricted. (i.e. 1st Thursday of Month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Shorter Parking Restrictions - Residential streets will now be cleaned from either 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from noon to 4 p.m.
  • Residential Schedule - Most residential streets will now be cleaned once per month. Signs posted at the beginning and end of each block provide the specific day and time frame the street will be cleaned.
  • Primary Schedule - Streets designated as Primary Routes will be cleaned twice per month, rather than every two weeks. This minor adjustment allows signage to communicate specific cleaning days.
  • Extended Season - The street cleaning season was extended in early spring and late fall to clear debris and leaves, weather permitting. The season is now March 1 through December 15. Parking enforcement for the 2016 season will begin Monday, May 2 to allow for installation of the new signage.
  • Residential Special Zone 4 "S" Area - A new residential street cleaning zone was created to provide additional cleaning for high density areas in south Evanston. Residents who live in the Residential Special Zone 4 "S" area according to the map below and who wish to receive text or email notifications for street cleaning should sign up for the “Residential Streets - Special Zone 4 'S' Areas" list for residential street cleaning notifications, and the "Primary Routes - Zone 4" list for primary route (main roads) notifications. Sign up using the box on the upper right, or call/text 847-448-4311.

What’s the Same

  • Schedule for Downtown and Streets with Parking on Only One Side - The new signs being posted will look different, but parking habits won’t have to change.
  • Text Alerts - Text message and email notifications to remind residents of street cleaning continue to be available. Residents who previously signed up for text/email notifications for street cleaning and live at the same address do not need to take any action, with the exception of those living in new Residential Special Zone 4 "S" areas (see above). Sign up for alerts for your sweeping district(s) using the box on the upper right, or call/text 847-448-4311.

The City is excited about these improvements and hopes that you will find the new system easy to follow. See the schedules and maps below for more information. For questions, please call/text 847-448-4311.  For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

2016 Schedule

Schedule for Streets with Parking on Both Sides (Primary Routes & Residential Streets)

Primary Routes are swept twice per month. Residential Streets (with the exception of Zone 4 special "S" zones) are swept once per month.

View the Two-sided Street Cleaning Map and Schedule or click the images below.

Horario de limpieza de calles de dos direcciones

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Schedule for Streets with Parking on Only One Side

Streets with parking on one side only have their own street sweeping schedule, and are swept once each month on Mondays. 

View the One-sided Street Cleaning Map and Schedule or click the image below.

Horario de limpieza de calles de una dirección

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Street Cleaning Rules and Information

March 1, 2016 now marks the beginning of the City of Evanston’s street cleaning season. Parking enforcement for the 2016 season will begin Monday, May 2 to allow for installation of new parking signage.

On March 1, City crews began their street sweeping rounds and will continue through December 15, 2016. Residents are asked to abide by the street cleaning schedule found on existing street signs. The City has three street cleaning schedules:

  • One-sided Street Cleaning Schedule (streets with one-sided parking only) where streets are swept on Mondays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.;
  • Bi-monthly Street Cleaning Schedule (primary/high volume streets) where streets are swept according to the four sweeping zones between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.; and
  • Monthly Street Cleaning Schedule (regular/residential streets with parking on either side) where streets are swept according to four sweeping zones between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. ("B" Areas) or noon and 4 p.m. ("A" Areas). Residential streets in Zone 4 "S" areas are swept twice per month.

Parking is prohibited only on the sides and dates indicated on the street signs and on the schedule. Some zones may include business districts that are posted with signs indicating they are swept between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. The downtown area is swept on Mondays between the hours of 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. Parking will be prohibited as indicated and residents are reminded to always check the street signs before parking their cars.

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Illegally parked cars in One-sided Street Sweeping areas may be subject to a ticket and towing charge. For all other street cleaning areas, only tickets will be issued. The ticket for violating the street cleaning ordinance is $30. After 10 days, it increases to $50. If the vehicle is towed, then there will also be a tow charge of  $145 plus storage charges when the resident picks up his or her vehicle from North Shore Towing. The City of Evanston may, from time to time, post parking restrictions for a special street cleaning in limited areas of the city. The ticket and towing laws apply to these special postings as well.

To report a missed street cleaning, click here>>>

Residents are also reminded that raking debris into the streets is illegal. Violators will be fined. 

Click here >>> for the printable 2016 Public Works Newsletter (including street sweeping schedules).

Vida Evanston Primavera 2016 (en español) >>>

2016 "Evanston Life" Special Edition for Public Works (Including Street Cleaning Schedules)


Please see corrected Fall 2016 Bulk Trash schedules posted below publication (click image to enlarge)




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Sign up to Get notified via text of street cleaning


Text notifcations will be sent 1 to 2 days prior to the actual street cleaning day.

1. Determine which street cleaning district you are in from the maps on the left, or call 3-1-1 for assistance

3. Select the appropriate district from the list and complete the sign-up process.

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Disclaimer: The City of Evanston offers the text/email notification system as a service to subscribers. By subscribing to the text/email notification system you agree and acknowledge that the City does not guarantee successful delivery of messages transmitted via the text/email notification system, and that the City does not guarantee the accuracy of message content. You further agree and acknowledge that the City will not be liable to any subscriber or to any third party for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary damages or lost profit resulting from any use of information transmitted via the text/email notification system. Subscribers are reminded to review and follow all rules and regulations as posted on street signs and as published in the Evanston City Code. Cell phone providers may charge subscribers for delivery of messages.