Chicago Winter Overnight Parking Ban 2019: Where You Can’t Park

Snow blankets cars and everything else in its way in a Chicago street in January 2014. (Maggie Not Margaret / Flickr)Snow blankets cars and everything else in its way in a Chicago street in January 2014. (Maggie Not Margaret / Flickr)

Chicago residents will need to be a little more careful about where they leave their cars starting Saturday night.

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The city’s annual winter overnight parking ban goes into effect early Sunday and continues through April 1, 2020. It’s enforced, regardless of snow, between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. and impacts 107 miles of arterial streets citywide.

See a map of streets covered by the overnight parking ban. 

Violators will face a minimum $150 towing fee, $60 ticket and a storage fee of $20 a day. Towed vehicles will be brought to 10301 S. Doty Ave. or 701 N. Sacramento Ave. Motorists can locate their towed vehicle using the city’s online database.

Sign of the times: Keep your eyes peeled for signs like these when parking. (Courtesy City of Chicago)Sign of the times: Keep your eyes peeled for signs like these when parking. (Courtesy City of Chicago)

A separate parking ban is enforced along another 500 miles of main streets, regardless of time or day, if there is more than 2 inches of snowfall. While not activated often, this ban could result in a ticket and your car being towed if parked on such routes, according to the Department of Streets and Sanitation.

Officials at the Department of Streets and Sanitation say the ban is a precautionary measure that allows workers to salt and plow the city’s main roads in the event of snowfall.


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