Campus resources during University closure

As you recently heard from President Schapiro, Provost Holloway, and Senior Vice President Johnson, tonight and all day tomorrow into Thursday, our Chicago and Evanston communities will be experiencing dangerously cold weather. In order to help you prepare for the weather, we want to give you some additional information about campus services, and some tips for navigating the cold. 

Northwestern does want you to keep your safety in mind during this time, and the following services are in operation at Northwestern to help you stay safe:

  • Campus Shuttles - The Frostbite shuttles, the Evanston Loop, and Campus Loop will continue to operate. Please use TransLoc to receive shuttle arrival alerts and to track shuttles in real time.

    • Evanston Frostbite
      Shuttles will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 4:58 p.m. on the Evanston Loop route. The regular Evanston Loop shuttles will begin at 5:00 p.m.

    • Campus Frostbite
      Shuttles will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 4:57 p.m. on the Campus Loop route. The regular Campus Loop shuttle will begin at 5:00 p.m.

    • SafeRide, as it is a transportation option with student drivers, will be closed. 

  • University Police – Northwestern Police has increased staff and will be available to help students 24/7.

  • Health Service - The Health Service will provide urgent care only all day Wednesday and from 8:30 am to 12 noon on Thursday. Please phone first to 847.491.2204 and check Health Service for more specific information. 

  • Career Fair – As a result of the University’s closure Day 1 of Northwestern Career Advancement’s Winter Career Fair will be cancelled tomorrow, Jan. 30.  The Winter Career Fair is still scheduled to be held on Day 2, Thursday, Jan. 31. The new time for Thursday’s fair will be from 1-4 p.m. in Norris, 2nd Floor. 

  • Campus Dining (Evanston) – Our resident dining locations on the Evanston campus at Allison, Foster-Walker, and Sargent will be open as 24 hour warming centers, and food will be served from 7:00 am – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The Hinman dining hall, Norris University Center and the University Library will be closed.  The dining halls will remain open during this time, so students can gather in community. Coffee, tea, and beverages will be served throughout the day.  Also, Evanston campus retail locations on campus will be closed. 

  • Residence Hall Services  – All residence hall desks will continue to operate on their regular schedules. Residential Life staff will continue to be on duty and available to students. See Weather Closure for additional information. 

  • Safety Tips – The Illinois Department of Public Health has information on how to navigate cold weather via this booklet. Please read through this information as you prepare.  Remember to dress for conditions, including layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing, wear a hat and mittens, cover your mouth, and stay dry and out of the wind.

  • Additional Campus Information – For updated information on all weather-related University closures and impacted programming, visit

We encourage you to be wise and take all necessary precautions to keep yourselves and others safe.

Stay warm, Wildcats!

Patricia Telles-Irvin, Vice President for Student Affairs

Bruce A. Lewis, Chief of Police and Associate Vice President, Department of Safety & Security