Before you leave: What you need to know

Rosalie Chan, Jeanne Kuang, and Patrick Svitek

NU Shuttles, SafeRide change hours

NU Shuttles and SafeRide are adjusting their schedules for Thanksgiving break.

The Evanston Loop and Campus Loop shuttles will not run Thursday through Saturday. Normal hours will start again Sunday evening.

The Chicago Express Shuttle will not run Saturday, and regular service will start again Dec. 7.

The Intercampus and Ryan Field shuttles will not run Thursday and Friday.

SafeRide will not run Thursday through Saturday. Regular hours will start again Sunday evening.

— Patrick Svitek

Evanston adds week to street cleaning schedule

Evanston is extending street cleaning for another week due to severe storms in the city earlier this month.

Starting Dec. 2, the city is advising residents to obey street cleaning hours until Dec. 6. The arrangement runs contrary to street signs, which say the last day for street cleaning is Saturday.

The storms struck Evanston on Nov. 17 and brought fatal tornadoes to other parts of the state. At one point, the city was under several advisories from the National Weather Service, including a tornado watch and a high wind warning.

— Patrick Svitek

Evanston offices to close for Thanksgiving

Several offices in Evanston will close and change their hours in observance of Thanksgiving.

The Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central St.; the Evanston Public Library branches, 1703 Orrington Ave., 2026 Central St. and 900 Chicago Ave.; the Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.; and the 311 call center will be closed Thursday.

The Chandler-Newberger Center will be open Friday for only the open basketball program.

The Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.; the Levy Senior Center, the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.; and the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., will be closed Thursday and Friday.

The Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., will be closed from Thursday to Saturday.

— Rosalie Chan

Evanston offers free parking during holidays

Hoping to promote shopping and dining during the holidays in downtown Evanston, the city will offer free parking starting Thursday at four locations in the area.

Free parking will be available at the self-park garages at Sherman Plaza, 821 Davis St.; 1800 Maple Ave.; and 525 Church St. from 5 p.m. to midnight weekdays and all day Saturdays, according to the city. Patrons can also park for free for two hours between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. after 5 p.m. weekdays at City Lot 60, 1234 Chicago Ave. Parking on Sundays is always free.

The free parking will be offered through Jan. 4.

— Jeanne Kuang