Sidewalks a Mess? Apply Now for City Repair Funds

Under Evanston's 50/50 Sidewalk Replacement Program, the city pays half the cost of replacing eligible sidewalk.

This winter has not been kind to anyone or anything, including sidewalks. If yours is in need of repair, you can apply to the city for funds to help cover the cost of repair.

Here's how, according to the City of Evanston's website:


Streets are maintained by the city, but the repair and replacement of damaged sidewalk slabs are the responsibility of the homeowmer or business whose property is adjacent to the sidewalk. To help with that responsibility, the City of Evanston offers property owners the opportunity to improve the appearance and safety of their homes and neighborhoods with the 50/50 Sidewalk Replacement Program.


Under the 50/50 Sidewalk Replacement Program the city pays half the cost of replacing the eligible sidewalk with the property owner paying the other 50 percent. The program covers all public sidewalks in the city including those in front of homes, businesses, churches and schools.


Any private property in the City of Evanston, residential or business, is eligible for the program. The City engineers are now accepting applications for the 2014 sidewalk repairs and will assist you with your questions. Please contact us by calling 3-1-1 (or 847-448-4311) or Send Us a Message or Submit a Service Request.


Main sidewalk that is deteriorated is eligible for the 50/50 cost sharing. Private lead walks extending from the street curb to the main sidewalk and private service walks extending from the main walk to the home or business are the sole responsibility of the owner. The city assumes the total cost for replacement of the “key” areas of an intersection where the sidewalk extends to the street corner. 


2013 Typical 5’ Sidewalk Slab Cost (100% Total) = $140.00 per slab
(50% Property Owner Cost) =   $70.00 per slab
(50% City Cost) =   $70.00 per slab

Price will be finalized each year based on the competitive bids received by the City.


1) Register to be placed on the 50/50 Sidewalk Program list by contacting 311.
2) City staff will visit the site to make a rough measurement to prepare the program list.  Areas needing temporary patching will be addressed at this time.  City staff will then follow up with the property owner.
3) Once a project list is established, it is bid, a contractor is selected, and unit prices are finalized.  Property owners are contacted with additional instructions including a firm estimate of costs.
4) After the property owner has agreed to a quantity for replacement, the property owner is invoiced.  Payment can be made at the City Collector’s Office which accepts a variety of payment forms.


The contractor selected through competitive bidding will do the work during the summer or fall months.  City Engineers will inspect and approve all replacement work after it is completed before paying the contractor for the job.

Report poor sidewalk condition or poor brick sidewalk condition

Request to participate in sidewalk replacement program

Report unlicensed sidewalk cafe or sidewalk cafe conditions

Request a sidewalk be evaluated for replacement

jim February 18, 2014 at 09:02 AM
If you walk around the City in Business Sections or on Residential Blocks. You will find many Sidewalks that the City decided to repair the sidewalks with the SAMES ASPHALT PATCHING MATERIAL THEY USE IN THE POTHOLES. I asked my Alderperson but like all the other questions asked IT WAS IGNORED. So I assume they thought they were repairing POTHOLES.
Jordan S. Zoot February 18, 2014 at 02:26 PM
What about alleys......the alley in front of my office looks like the Ho Chi Min trail after it was bombed. Unfortunately, though the alley gets more traffic than perhaps any side street in Evanston they still come out 3x year to patch potholes rather than trying to do a real fix.
jim February 18, 2014 at 03:42 PM
Actually the STREETS,SIDEWALKS,ALLIES are all a mess. So where do we spend close to a Million Dollars. ON A PARKING LOT
jim February 18, 2014 at 03:43 PM
IgnorantA February 19, 2014 at 09:01 AM
I live in Skevanston (i/e Evanston taxes, Skokie services) and every summer for the last 5 years I have had portions of my sidewalk replaced even though we never once made any request. Point being is... how is it that Skokie is always proactive and Evanston is always reactive?
Jordan S. Zoot February 19, 2014 at 09:13 AM
Very simple answer.....Old Orchard.....any idea how much sales tax revenue Skokie generates from Old Orchard....or why the same sized house in Skokie has property taxes roughly $1,500 less than the same house in Evanston [thanks to NU, the Hospitals and Churches].


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