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Service Updates and Announcements

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


Shuttle Service Updates

Shuttles are currently operating at full capacity. Per CDC requirement community members are required to wear masks on all University-provided group/mass transit.

Undergraduate U-Pass Program

Northwestern University is pleased to pilot a discounted, opt-in U-Pass program with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) for full-time undergraduate students this Winter and Spring Quarters. Enrolling in the U-Pass program provides the user significant cost savings with unlimited access to all CTA bus and train routes throughout Evanston and Chicago (Pace bus routes are not included).

The cost for the U-Pass is $100 for Winter Quarter and $102.50 for Spring Quarter, with an initial $5.00 fee for the required card. As a comparison, the cost of a 30-day pass for CTA is $105.

Winter Break Shuttle Service

Please note the following changes to the University's shuttle service during Winter Break:

  • Evanston Loop and Campus Loop: Last day of service will be Friday, December 10. Regular service will resume Sunday, January 2.
  • Intercampus: No service Thursday, December 23 through Friday, December 31. This route does not operate on University holidays or closures. Service will resume Monday, January 3.
  • Chicago campus Train Shuttles: No service Friday, December 24 or Friday, December 31. Regular service will operate on all other days during Winter Recess.
  • CTA #201: Regular service will continue during Winter Break. The route will not operate on Friday, December 24 or Friday, December 31.

Evanston Parking Announcements

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

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.
  • 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.