Parking

Downtown Evanston - Parking

Welcome! With a mix of convenient street parking and multiple garages, parking is easy in downtown Evanston. 

GARAGE PARKING
There are three Self-Park garages in downtown Evanston that are open 24/7 and offer long-term parking. The first hour and Sundays are FREE, and it costs $5 for up to 5 hours. Click here to view more information about the rates, monthly passes and locations. 

  • Maple Avenue - 1800 Maple Ave. (entrance on Maple Ave. or University Place)
  • Sherman Plaza - 821 Davis St. (entrance on Davis St. or Benson Ave.)
  • Church Street - 525 Church St. (entrance on Church St. or Clark St.)
Perk alert: if attending a movie at Cinemark Century Theater, parking at the Maple Avenue Parking Garage is FREE for 4 hours with theater parking validation. 

Additional parking garages and lots are available in downtown Evanston; rates and hours of operation vary by location. 

STREET PARKING
Parking meters are in effect from 8am to 9pm Mondays through Saturdays citywide and 1pm to 9pm on Sunday. The rate is $1.50 per hour. Most of the downtown street parking has a 2 hour limit, but there are some areas with 4-hour and 12-hour time limit. Please click here to view the map.

Downtown Evanston has zoned paystations that use license plates to monitor parking time. The paystations accept coin, credit card or you can download and pay with the Park Evanston App. Below are a few tips for using the paystations.  

1. Write down or take a photo of your license plate before going to the paybox because you will have to enter the license plate number.

2. Use coin or credit card to pay for your time, maximum of 2 hours in most places but please check this map as some areas have 4 hour or 12 hour limits.

3. You do not have to display a receipt on your dash board. 

If you are using the Park Evanston App:

1. Look for the signs with the parking zone number. 

2. Sign in on the app, enter the zone, choose your stay and select method of payment. 

3. Please note that there is no 35 cents service fee if you purchase 2 hours and the 35 cents fee is not applied if you use the Wallet on the Park Evanston App. 


    BIKE PARKING
    Protected bike parking is available in the following locations in addition to bike racks throughout downtown. Please note it is illegal to ride bikes on sidewalks in downtown Evanston. 
    • First floor of the Maple Avenue parking garage (enter from Maple Ave.)
    • Second floor of the Sherman Plaza parking garage (enter at the corner of Davis and Benson to take the elevator to the second floor)