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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 September 17, 2021

Shuttle Information

Evanston Parking Information

  • Compliance with current University face covering and face masks guidelines and policies is required when visiting the office.
  • 2021-22 permits available for purchase
    • As the community returns to regular campus activities, the University has approved a plan to restore the normal full-time parking rate over the next two years. The plan to normalize parking begins in fall 2021.
    • Student and contractor permits are available for purchase at the Parking Services Office.
    • Faculty and staff can purchase annual parking through the online portal.
  • 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.
  • For questions please contact us at parking@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3319.

Chicago Parking Information

  • 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.
  • 2021-22 permits are available for sale
    • Student and contractor permits are available for purchase at the Parking Services Office.
    • Faculty and staff can purchase annual parking through the online portal.
  • 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 QR code 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 parking coupons (Green, Blue and White Coupons)
    • fill out 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: The indoor bicycle room is located in the Erie Ontario Parking Garage at 321 E Erie. The fee for access to the room is $25.00 payable at the Chicago Parking office. Access is granted for one year from date of purchase.
  • Contact information: chicagoparking@northwestern.edu or 312-503-1103

Shuttle Service Updates

Fall Quarter Shuttle Information

  • Per CDC requirement community members are required to wear masks on all University-provided group/mass transit.
  • Intercampus:
    • Shuttles are currently operating at 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: Regular service resumed Monday, September 13.
  • Evanston Loop: Regular service resumed Monday, September 13.

Evanston Parking Announcements

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


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 flat rate of $9.00 per day. Daily parking may be paid for at pay stations located in each elevator lobby. Fees are assessed if parking anytime 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Further detailed information is available under Policies.

2021-22 Parking Permits

2021-22 parking permits are available for purchase. As the community returns to regular campus activities, the University has approved a plan to restore the normal full-time parking rate over the next two years. The plan to normalize parking begins in fall 2021.
  • Student and contractor permits are available for purchase at the Parking Services Office.
  • Faculty and staff can purchase annual parking through the online portal.

Vehicle Storage

Parking of vehicles for over 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

2021-22 Parking Permits

2021-22 parking permits are available for purchase.

  • Student and contractor permits are available for purchase at the Parking Services Office.
  • Faculty and staff can purchase annual parking through the online portal.

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.