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Chicago’s Overnight Winter Parking Ban Starts Tuesday. Make Sure You Don’t Get Towed

Anyone who ignores the ban will face a $150 towing fee and a $60 ticket, according to the Department of Streets and Sanitation.

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CHICAGO — Drivers throughout the city should double check before parking their cars tonight to avoid getting towed through the city’s overnight winter parking ban.

The ban, which starts Tuesday morning, prohibits people from parking along 107 miles of main streets throughout the city from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. each day, according to the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation.

This is important: It does not matter if it has snowed or not. Parking is still banned along those roads and the restriction will be enforced through April 1. Check the map below for where overnight parking is banned, regardless of snowfall.

The city’s map indicates overnight parking is banned along North Kedzie Avenue between Bryn Mark Avenue and Irving Park Road, which would be a new enforcement zone from previous years. But Ald. Rossana Rodriguez (33rd), whose ward includes that area, told Block Club on Tuesday she confirmed the overnight restrictions will not be enforced there and no one should be towed or ticketed.

Winter parking only is banned on that stretch of Kedzie Avenue when there’s more than two inches of snow, as the signs indicate.

Credit: City of Chicago

Cars violating the parking ban will be towed, costing drivers a minimum $150 fee for towing, a $25 fee for each day the car is stored and a $60 ticket, according to city officials.

Any vehicles towed for violating the ban will be taken to one of the city’s two pounds, located at 10301 S. Doty Ave. on the South Side and 701 N. Sacramento Blvd. in Humboldt Park.

Anyone who finds their car towed can locate it using the city’s database of towed vehicles.

A separate, snow-related ban also goes into effect Dec. 1 that prohibits parking along another 500 miles of main roadways across the city anytime there are at least two inches of snow on the street, regardless of the time of day or year.

Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
A sign warning of Chicago’s winter overnight parking ban when there’s more than two inches of snow is present in Logan Square on Monday, November 30, 2020.

The parking ban is enforced as a precautionary measure so major roadways aren’t obstructed, and can be fully plowed and salted after snow, making them safer for drivers, buses and emergency vehicles.

“Safety is our top priority during winter storms,” said John Tully, commissioner of the Department of Streets of Sanitation. “Residents can help us keep the city’s critical roadways safe by following posted restrictions, allowing for snow vehicles to gain immediate access to these roads.”

Be on the lookout for these signs in your area alerting you to these various parking bans.

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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