Parking & Transportation

    General Parking Guidelines

    Parking restrictions in ETHS parking lots are in effect between 6:00am and 4:00pm whenever school is in session. Staff and student permit parking are assigned as designated in the parking lot map. For information on student parking guidelines and permits, visit the Student Parking Permit page.
    Visitors to the school must park in designated visitor spaces in Lot #1 and Lot #2, or Lot #4 during school hours, or will be subject to a ticket. Vehicles may be parked (permit or not) in any ETHS parking lot to attend school-related activities after 4:00pm, or on any day when school is not in session. Vehicles may not be left overnight at any time unless approved by the Safety Office.

    Students, staff, and school visitors parking on the streets around ETHS should be aware of parking restrictions posted by the City of Evanston. ETHS parking lots are patrolled by the City of Evanston and ETHS Safety staff. All parking violations, as well as violations of the Illinois Vehicle Code, may be enforced while parked on ETHS property. Students, staff and school visitors are responsible for the payment of violations they receive on ETHS property and can be boot-eligible for non-payment of tickets issued.

    Drivers are responsible for securing their vehicles. The school is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen property brought to school or to a school activity. Report lost or stolen property to the Safety Office (H102) immediately.

    Student Drop-Off/Pick-Up

    The main student drop-off and pick-up site is located on the west side of the campus behind the high school and can be accessed by turning into the ETHS campus from Church Street or Lake Street. Follow Wildkit Drive to the drop-off area adjacent to Entrance 2 or Entrance 3.

    Students may also be dropped off/picked up along Dodge Avenue in front of the high school. Traffic in this area is very congested and drop-off/pick-up at this site is not recommended, especially after school is dismissed. CTA buses will be lined up along Dodge Avenue during dismissal and vehicles that are impeding bus traffic will be asked to move.

    Students may also be dropped off/picked up in the staff parking Lot 1 across from the high school. Drivers should use caution and adhere to speed limits while dropping off/picking up students in this lot. The speed limit in all school parking lots is 10 mph and is in effect at all times.

    Traffic into and out of these areas before and after school will be very congested. Expect increased traffic congestion on the first day of school and summer school. The school zone speed limit around ETHS is 20 mph and is in effect when children are present. Traffic violation fines are doubled in school zones.

    Public Transportation

    Students may ride CTA buses and trains and PACE buses on weekdays for a reduced fare by purchasing a Student Ventra Card. ETHS student IDs are not accepted by the CTA or PACE. Purchase your new ETHS Student Ventra card ($2) in the Student Accounts Office (H110).  
    Students must renew their card at the start of each school year to continue to ride CTA/Pace for a discounted student rate. They can fill out the Student Ventra Card Renewal/Validation Form or visit the Student Accounts Office (H110). ETHS does not control how or when Ventra activates the student reduced fare. As a result, your student may have to pay full fare at the start of the school year until Ventra activates the cards. The following CTA and Pace buses travel to and from ETHS: #93, #206; #208, #213. To plan your specific route to school, call the CTA at 312-836-7000, or visit
    Note: ETHS does not use a yellow bus service.

    Students, staff and school visitors who ride bikes to ETHS can secure bicycles to designated racks behind the school, on the south end of Wildkit Drive, in the Bike Compounds located behind the school near Entrance 3, and in front of Beardsley Gym on the east side of the school. Bike riders are responsible for properly locking their bikes on authorized bike racks only. Students are encouraged to register their bicycles with serial numbers in their myETHS accountBikes will be immobilized or removed if parked in other locations on the ETHS property, including sign posts, railings, and benches. Riders under the age of 18 are advised to wear bike helmets to comply with the City of Evanston ordinance. Click here to view City of Evanston bike maps.