Chicago’s Overnight Winter Parking Ban Ends

Street Cleaning Season Kicks Off April 1st

Spring is here.

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.

4 Responses to Chicago’s Overnight Winter Parking Ban Ends

  1. glg says:

    Since the signs say April 1, wouldn’t it still be in effect tomorrow morning?

    As for the 2″ ban, isn’t that the one they haven’t activated in years and didn’t even activate for the groundhog day storm?

  2. KevinG says:

    > As for the 2″ ban, isn’t that the one they haven’t activated in years and didn’t even activate for the groundhog day storm?

    I believe they activated it, but at the same time they pulled all ticketing off the streets, which kind of defeated the purpose of the ban.

  3. DoR Employee says:

    Kevin, you are correct.

    The ban was activated the night of the storm…and ticketing operations were suspended shortly after the 2in or more ban was turned on.

    While there were no tickets issued for it…it did allow TOW and Impounds to occur for Emergency Clearing efforts.

  4. KevinG says:

    O. OK thanks DoR

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