CHICAGO — Street sweeping resumes Thursday in Chicago, and that means some residents must start moving their cars on certain days — or risk receiving a costly ticket.
Mechanical street sweepers remove debris and litter from Chicago streets from April to November. Residents who do not move their cars during their block’s scheduled sweeping day will be ticketed $60.
A vehicle with three or more unpaid tickets may be booted. If your car is booted, you must secure the release of the boot within 24 hours — or request a 24-hour extension from the date and time noted on your boot sticker — or your vehicle will be impounded, according to city officials.
A tow fee of $150 will be applied, plus daily storage fees of $20 for the first 5 days and $35 for each day thereafter. Learn more about the city’s booting and impoundment policies here.
In an email newsletter, Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) asked residents to help city workers by removing large piles of winter garbage, leaves and landscape debris from curbs and sewers.
“If you do landscaping in the parkway, make sure wood chips and dirt do not enter the sewer system,” he said. “The mix of mud, leaves and other debris turns to concrete in the sewer and is the major cause of spring sewer backups and flooding of streets, so help us prevent that problem.”
Dates for cleaning don’t often change unless there’s a mechanical problem with a sweeper, Waguespack said. Orange reminder signs often fall down, but residents should continue checking their block’s schedule as they are ultimately responsible for moving their cars, he added.
Last year, the city waived street sweeping tickets through July due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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