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Service Updates and Announcements

 This page is updated with changes for Shuttle Services, Evanston Parking, and Chicago Parking announcements.

COVID-19 Service Changes and Updates

Updated June 16, 2021

Shuttle Information

  • Please note, per CDC requirement community members are required to wear masks on all University-provided group/mass transit.
  • Intercampus:
    • Shuttle capacity has resumed to full capacity. As a reminder, the mission of this route is to transport the campus community for business purposes, not for commuting.
    • The route is operating on its regular schedule. For your convenience, shuttles can be tracked in real-time using TransLoc.
    • Evanston to Chicago schedule
    • Chicago to Evanston schedule
  • Campus Loop: Last day of service was Friday, June 11. Regular service will resume in September.
  • Evanston Loop: Last day of service was Friday, June 11. Regular service will resume in September.
  • Chicago Train Shuttles:
    • Regular service is operating at this time. All riders are required to have a monthly shuttle pass or single-ride ticket.
  • Contact information: shuttle@northwestern.edu

Evanston Parking Information

Compliance with current University face covering and face masks guidelines and policies is required.

Monthly parking for full-time Evanston campus faculty, staff, and commuter students will continue at the part-time rate of $32 per month for June, July, August, and September. Beginning in October 2021, the monthly parking fee is expected to return to the full-time rate. FY21 permits obtained for Summer Quarter must be displayed by June 21.

As outlined in the Evanston Campus Parking Policies, temporary permits are non-refundable. Please note temporary permits can be purchased on a daily or monthly basis.

Faculty, staff, and students who reside within the University’s walking-zone, will not be eligible for spring quarter parking. Those with special circumstances may file an exemption request.

For questions please contact us at parking@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3319.

Chicago Parking Information

NEW HOURS: The new hours of the parking office are 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Chicago Parking Office is open with limited staff. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; it is closed from noon to 1:30 p.m. for staff lunch and administrative responsibilities. Please understand the office may also need to close temporarily during break periods. Compliance with current University face covering and face masks guidelines and policies is required.

  • Discount parking coupons ($11.00 per day - pink coupons): Northwestern faculty and staff with Wildcards and contractors with a University issued Contractor Identification Card must display their card to obtain up to 10 discount coupons. Coupons are available at the following locations:
    • Huron Garage Customer Service office: Located on the second level outside of the northwest elevator lobby. To access the office from the ground floor, press Level 1 in the elevator. The office is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • Erie Garage Customer Service office: Located near the first floor vehicle exit on Ontario Street just east of the southeast elevator lobby. The office is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • Parking Services Office: Located in Abbott Hall, Room 100. The office is open 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Note that due to limited staff, the office is closed from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and may close temporarily during break periods.
  • University department requests for discounted and free parking coupons (Green, Blue and White Coupons)
    • Send the request via the Discounted Parking Request Form.
    • Once an order is processed, coupons are available for pick up at the Erie garage Customer Service office (office hours and directions above). Individuals picking up coupons must provide the original requestor’s full name and sign for the coupons. Please note we are unable to send coupons in campus or US mail.
  • Monthly contractor parking: To renew your monthly contractor parking please go to the Erie Ontario Garage Customer Service Office located on Ontario Street near the first floor vehicle exit, just east of the southeast elevator lobby. Fill out the monthly renewal form at the office and make your payment there. You can renew your parking access Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In an effort to reduce cash handling, please utilize credit cards or checks for your payments. If you have questions please call us at 312-503-1103 or email us at chicagoparking@northwestern.edu. We are sorry, but at this time we are not able to process new requests for contractor parking.
  • Bike Room access: We are currently unable to process new requests for Bike Room access. Please call our office at 312-503-1103 if you currently have access to the Bike Room and your access is expiring.
  • Contact information: chicagoparking@northwestern.edu or 312-503-1103

Shuttle Service Updates

Summer Shuttle Information

  • Intercampus:
    • Per CDC requirement community members are required to wear masks on all University-provided group/mass transit.
    • Shuttle capacity has resumed to full capacity. As a reminder, the mission of this route is to transport the campus community for business purposes, not for commuting.
    • The route is operating on its regular schedule. For your convenience, shuttles can be tracked in real-time using TransLoc.
    • Evanston to Chicago schedule
    • Chicago to Evanston schedule
  • Campus Loop: Last day of service was Friday, June 11. Regular service will resume in September.
  • Evanston Loop: Last day of service was Friday, June 11. Regular service will resume in September.

Active Transportation Alliance Bike Challenge

Let’s roll! Join the Northwestern University Team for this year's Bike Challenge. Previously known as the Bike to Work Challenge, the focus in 2020 and 2021 is simply on riding your bike – whether that be commuting, running errands, for fitness, or just going for a joy ride. All rides count. You don’t have to be an experienced bike commuter to participate. Just logging one trip during the 2-week challenge helps our team inch closer to victory.

Sign up, join the Northwestern University team, and start logging your daily miles beginning Monday, June 21. Any ride and all miles count. Northwestern is competing against other Chicago-area educational institutions and we have a title to defend as Chicago Biking Champions

How to Sign-Up:

  • Go to the registration site for the Bike Challenge
  • If you have previously participated in the Bike to Work Challenge, you can log in with your chosen username or the email you previously used to register. New participants will need to create an account
  • Participation is free; since this event supports our local advocacy group for biking, walking, and transit, you may consider a donation or joining the Active Transportation Alliance
  • First-time rider? If this is your first time riding your bike for transportation, please be sure to check the box to indicate you are a first-time rider when you sign up (and earn 25 bonus points!)
  • Join the Northwestern University Team

Starting Monday, June 21, all registered riders can start logging their daily bike rides. We encourage you to log your miles daily so you know where your team ranks in the standings. Plus, Active Transportation will select one random winner each day to receive sweet-bike related swag just for logging your miles!

Throughout the Challenge, the individual points you and your teammates earn will be combined into your overall organizational score. The organization with the most points at the end of the Challenge wins! Northwestern is competing against other local higher educational institutions, but we have also been leaders in the overall Challenge in recent years.


Evanston Parking Announcements

If visiting the office, compliance with current University face covering and face masks guidelines and policies is required.

Summer Quarter Reduced Parking Fee

Monthly parking for full-time Evanston campus faculty, staff, and commuter students will continue at the part-time rate of $32 per month for June, July, August, and September. Beginning in October 2021, the monthly parking fee is expected to return to the full-time rate. FY21 permits obtained for Spring Quarter must be displayed by June 14, 2021.

As outlined in the Evanston Campus Parking Policies, temporary permits are non-refundable. Please note temporary permits can be purchased on a daily or monthly basis.

Faculty, staff, and students who reside within the University’s walking-zone, will not be eligible for spring quarter parking. Those with special circumstances may file an exemption request.


Parking Lot Gates and Pay Stations

Parking controls (gates, card readers, and pay stations) in the North and South Parking Garages are in operation. Current permit holders will gain access to the garages by swiping their Wildcard at the entrance gates. Daily parking for those without current permits is available for a $9.00 fee. Daily parking may be paid for at pay stations located in each elevator lobby. Further detailed information is available under Policies.

2020-21 Parking Permits

Permits are now available for purchase. Faculty and staff who had a 2019-20 permit may renew online. Renewal notices with a link to the online renewal site were sent via email. Student and contract staff permits are available in the Parking Office.

Vehicle Storage

Storage of vehicles in main campus lots and garages for periods of time exceeding 48 consecutive hours is prohibited. This includes all holiday and academic break periods.

Contractor parking

Construction contractors for all capital projects are prohibited from parking in all main campus lots. This includes North Garage (# 105), South Garage (# 211) and South Beach two level structure (# 214, 215).

Lot Closures

  • Blomquist Gym (Lot 129) closed until further notice
  • Library Place/Sheridan Road (Lot 130) closed until further notice

Major Events

  • None at this time

Chicago Parking Announcements

New Office Hours

The Chicago Parking office hours have changed. The office is now open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is closed from noon to 1:30 p.m. for staff lunch and administrative responsibilities. Please understand the office may also need to close temporarily during break periods. Compliance with current University face covering and face masks guidelines and policies is required.

Chicago Campus Parking Lot/Garages Gate Equipment Modernization

The work has been completed in the Huron and Erie garages and Abbott Lot to modernize the gate equipment and to improve the process for parkers entering and exiting these locations. The enhancements include:

  • Replacement of parking card readers at the gates in all three parking locations to allow parkers to simply tap their cards to enter/exit versus swiping.
  • New license plate readers at the entry/exit lanes in the Huron and Erie garages. Monthly parkers who provide their license plate information to Parking Services will be able to enter/exit the garages without tapping their parking cards. If your license plate information has changed since you applied for parking, you can update it using our License Plate Update form. Monthly parkers can use their Wildcard or Northwestern Medicine card as a back-up method to enter/exit the garages, if needed.
If you have any questions or experience any issues, please contact Chicago Parking at chicagoparking@northwestern.edu or 312-503-1103.