Chicago’s Overnight Winter Parking Ban Ends
Street Cleaning Season Kicks Off April 1st
It’s official, at least according to Chicago’s overnight Winter Parking Ban signs.
As of 7 AM today, the Winter Parking Ban is over, and drivers can go back to parking on the 107 miles of seasonally restricted streets starting tonight.
Early Thursday morning was the last “night” of the annual ban that bans parking on what are considered critical arterial thoroughfares from December 1st to April 1st between 3 AM and 7 AM.
Each winter Streets & Sanitation tow trucks remove thousands of illegally parked vehicles on affected streets. Drivers who are towed face a $160 tow fee to free their car from the auto pound and a $50 ticket.
According to Streets & Sanitation, the Winter Parking Ban is necessary to allow these critical Chicago streets to be cleared in the event of a large snowstorm.
Although Streets and Sanitation spokesperson Matt Smith explains while the overnight winter parking ban is over, the 2″ ban could still be invoked.
“Please note that the other weather related parking ban, the 2” Inch Snow Parking Ban, technically remains in effect all year round,” says Smith. “Realistically it is only a factor during the winter months. The 2” Inch Snow Ban is not activated often, but motorists that violate it when it is active face ticketing and relocation to a nearby site.”
While April 1st brings an end to the Winter Parking Ban ends on April 1st, it is also the date street cleaning season officially begins in Chicago.