The Lowdown On Driving, Parking Pickup Trucks In Chicago

Why can’t pickup trucks drive on Lake Shore Drive?

Why can  pickup trucks be ticketed for parking on residential streets?

WBEZ’s Curious City series tackles these questions in a recently posted story.

While Chicago Public Radio reporter Lauren Chooljian began digging around City Hall trying to find someone who knew why pickup trucks, like all trucks and commercial vehicles are banned from Lake Shore Drive, she couldn’t get anyone to officially answer her question.

However, she did speak to a map expert with an interest in Chicago history who believes the LSD truck ban harkens back to the late 1800′s.

“It (Lake Shore Drive) was to be a pleasure drive,” Dennis McClendon explains. “It was not to be a traffic carrying arterial, it was a way to enjoy the park in your carriage or your brougham.” (A brougham being a light carriage that was drawn by a single horse.)

The tradition of prohibiting trucks of any kind to travel upon Lake Shore Drive still stands today.

Chooljian also delves into the tangled mess of a law pertaining to parking pickup trucks on a Chicago residential street and gives a pretty decent primer on this issue as well.

Here’s the full story, “Question answered: Why ban pickups from Lake Shore Drive? Where can they park?”

23 Responses to The Lowdown On Driving, Parking Pickup Trucks In Chicago

  1. Krishna Patel says:

    Dear Expired Meter Guru:

    Can you please give us a table of how much parking costs will go up by each year for all three tiers; the downtown area, area close to downtown and the rest of the city? Thanks.

  2. Pete says:

    The reason pickups are basically banned in Chicago is because they are mostly driven by working class people, and these are the people Chicago wants to run out of the city. Chicago officials only want the wealthy and the welfare cases. The working class are of no use to machine politicians.

  3. Remedy says:

    Huh??? Pete, were you dropped on your head as a kid? Chicago wants to run out middle class working people? I almost went all day without hearing or reading anything stupid until now, thanks to you. If you look around, I would have to guess that at least 50% of pickup trucks you see parked on residential streets are junkers (Scrap haulers). I for one wouldn’t want to look at that crap outside my living room window parked in front of my house.

  4. Pete says:

    “Remedy”, pull your head out of your ass and look around. Every Chicago revenue scamming scheme (most of which revolves around cars) targets the working class the hardest. Schools are kept shitty for a reason (and lack of funding is NOT that reason). Crime is ignored outside of downtown. How much more evidence do you need that Chicago does not want working class people in the city? The wealthy are not affected by this, neither are the welfare breeders. ONLY the working class.

  5. Remedy says:

    LMAO!! Really? I see ticket writers on a daily basis nailing high end cars in the Gold Coast!! Are they middle class? I live on the southwest side of the city and crime is not a problem here (No worse than downtown). A neighborhood is what the residents make of it. Stop blaming the city for targeting middle class, because that is just stupid. If you don’t get your city sticker, renew your plates, PARK A B PLATED TRUCK ON A RESIDENTIAL STREET, then you deserve the damn ticket, bottom line.

  6. Capt M-Plate says:

    The Ward Residential Restriction is :

    9-64-170(a) It shall be unlawful to park any truck, tractor, semi-trailer, trailer, recreational vehicle more than 22 feet in length, self contained motor home, bus, taxicab or livery vehicle on any residential street for a longer period than is necessary for the reasonably expeditious loading or unloading of such vehicle. however that in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 34th, 35th, 36th, 37th, 40th, 41st, 42nd, 43rd, 44th, 45th, 46th, 47th, 48th, 49th and 50th wards this prohibition shall not apply to the owner of a pickup truck or van weighing under 8,001 pounds who has no outstanding parking violations, when such vehicle is parked at the curb adjacent to the owners place of residence and the vehicle bears a valid and current city wheel tax license emblem and a special parking permit issued in accordance with this subsection.

    The Wards are not required to issue the permit to Marked Commercial 2nd Division Vehicles (Pickups and Vans.)

    The Wards are not Entitled to Issue the Permit to vehicles with a D class or higher Truck plate (8,001+ pounds). If a Vehicle with a D Truck plate is displaying a Truck/Van Permit…it is to be ticketed immediately for 125.00 per fine with the comments “8001 pound+ D class Truck Plate.” Commercial Vehicles like Fedex or UPS are allowed ‘delivery time” of the Expeditious nature….but vehicles belonging to to SEARs or ABT Electronics or etc that are doing Home Installations are required to get permits from CDOT or OEMC to be able to be on any residential street for an extended period of time.

    Now…lets devolve from Residential Streets and move on to Business Streets.

    9-64-170(b) It shall be unlawful to park any truck, self-contained motor home, or bus on any business street in the city for a longer period than is necessary for the reasonably expeditious loading or unloading.

    Truck Plated Vehicles of All Weight/Plate Classes are not allowed to Park for Free on Any Business street for a longer period than is needed to Expeditiously Load or Unload their goods….PERIOD.

    Want to go to lunch with your buddies on Lincoln in your B Truck Tundra or Escalade? Park on a Meter and pay it…else you can be tickets Just because you have a Truck Plate on your Vehicle. 25.00 Fine (9-64-170B) for lower than 8,001 pound Pickups/Vans….125.00 (9-64-170D) Fine for higher than 8001 pound Vans/Pickups OR Any/ALL Commercially Marked Vehicles.

    Quick Recap:

    9-64-170 A is the Residential Street Municipal Code
    9-64-170 B is the Business Street Code for Vehicles of a Specific Plate type and Pickups/Vans 8k pounds and lower.
    9-64-170D is the Municipal Ordinance for ALL Commercially Marked Vehicles regardless of License Plate type AND for Pickups/Vans Over 8001 pounds.

    9-64-170D can be issued on Residential Streets as well as Business streets.

    (d) It shall be unlawful to park a truck tractor as defined in Section 1-212 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, a commercial truck, a semi-trailer or a trailer on any business street or residential street in the city for a longer period than is necessary for the reasonably expeditious loading or unloading of such vehicle. This prohibition shall not apply to the owner of a pickup truck or van weighing under 8,001 pounds who has no outstanding parking violations, when such vehicle is parked on a residential street at the curb adjacent to the owner’s place of residence and the vehicle bears a valid and current city wheel tax license emblem and a special parking permit issued in accordance with subsection (a). A violator of this subsection shall be subject to the fineset forth in Section 9-100-020. In addition to suchfine, the a commercial truck, truck tractor, semi- trailer or trailer shall be subject to immobilization andimpoundment, without prior notice or placement onan immobilization list.

    (e) For the purposes of this section:

    “Commercial truck” means (i) a motor vehicle marked, emblazoned, or otherwise represented as being used for the transportation of property in the furtherance of any commercial or industrial enterprise, for hire or not for hire; or (ii) motor vehicles carrying merchandise or supplies of a commercial or industrial nature; or (iii) “junk vehicles.” NOTE: A Motor Vehicle, not a Truck Plated Vehicle.

    Junk vehicle(s) means any truck, automobile or other motorized vehicle used to collect junk, as defined in Section 4-6-150(a), dispose of junk or transport junk from one place to another.

  7. Capt M-Plate says:

    Chicago Municipal Code Hosted at :

    http://www.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Illinois/chicago_il/municipalcodeofchicago?f=templates$fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlegal:chicago_il

    City Clerks Website Hosting of the Truck/Van Permit info:

    http://chicityclerk.com/city-stickers-parking/about-residential-parking/pickup-truck-parking/

    Note: the City Clerk and American Legal Publishing site differ on the Weight of Pickups and Vans that fall under 9-64-170 A, B, D.

    The Ordinance was amended from a 4500 Pound Ceiling to a 8001 Pound Ceiling July 27th, 2012. That Information was confirmed via telephone query to 41st Ward Alderman and City Clerk PR.

  8. Remedy says:

    ^^^^^Yeah….What he said ^^^^^^

  9. PKDickman says:

    I just got back from a hearing at the Addison office for 9-64-170 A Residential pickup truck parking.
    I have a 2000 Ranger with a cap and RV plates. These plates were good for years but since 2010, I’ve been ticketed once or twice a month.
    Mostly I contest by mail but my previous appeal was denied, so I went in person again.

    The hearing went like this.
    I said:
    My vehicle is legally licensed as a RV. The ordinance clearly exempts RVs of less than 22 feet. My vehicle is 15′ 7 1/2″

    The officer said:
    Why should yours be regulated under the RV section when it is clearly built on a truck chassis?

    I said:
    Nothing in the ordinance precludes a truck from being an RV. In fact by city definition all non-commercial trucks are, by default, RVs.

    9-4-010 Definitions.
    “Recreational vehicle” means every camping trailer, motor home, mini-motor home, travel trailer, truck or van camper used primarily for recreational purposes and not used commercially nor owned and used by a commercial business.

    The officer was POd but had to waive the ticket.

    Nowhere in the code does it mention plate types, but I think that someone argued this before and idea of specifying B plates was the solution. But this is a rule of thumb not a rule of law. Now, they seem to want to ignore this time tested rule.

    Personally, I believe that this means that it is perfectly legal to park a non-commercial truck anywhere it is legal to park a passenger car. (assuming it is less than 22 feet long)But I would be happy if they just went back to the old rule of thumb.
    I urge everyone to fight these tickets. The only way to make them take notice is to make them spend city dollars defending a bogus $25 tickets.

  10. Capt M-Plate says:

    PK…

    Note the Ordinance Wording:

    It shall be unlawful to park any truck, tractor, semi-trailer, trailer, recreational vehicle more than 22 feet in length, self contained motor home, bus, taxicab or livery vehicle on any residential street for a longer period than is necessary for the reasonably expeditious loading or unloading of such vehicle, except that a driver of bus may park the bus in a designated bus stand as authorized elsewhere in the traffic code; provided, however, this prohibition shall not apply to the owner of a pickup truck or van weighing under 8,000 pounds who has no outstanding parking violations, when such vehicle is parked at the curb adjacent to the owner’s place of residence and the vehicle bears a valid and current city wheel tax license emblem and a special parking permit issued in accordance with this subsection.

    Trucks, Pickup Trucks.

    In actuality, your Ford Ranger is Illegally Registered with an RV plate. [625 ILCS 5/1-146] A pick-up truck is a second division vehicle because it is designed for pulling or carrying freight.

    http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/086/086001800A01010R.html

    And in 49 of 50 Wards, your pickup truck is not desired on a residential street. Only the 19th Ward doesn’t Care.

    And an RV is defined as:
    i) self-contained motor vehicles designed or permanently converted to provide living quarters for recreational, camping or travel use, with direct walk through access to the living quarters from the driver’s seat.

    If you are a Chicago Resident…Get the darn Permit. It’s Free. And within the next 15 to 30 days, that Truck ticket goes from 25.00 to 75.00.

    And if you are not a Chicago Resident, well sir… You are not allowed to park a pickup truck on a residential street for any longer than “Expeditious Loading or Unloading…24/7/365.”

    Period.

    I could teach a clinic on this ordinance.

  11. PKDickman says:

    You missed the part about the cap. With the camper shell on it it is legally a “Truck camper” and qualifies for RV plates under:
    625 ILCS 5/1‑169) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 1‑169) Sec. 1‑169.
    Recreational vehicle. Every camping trailer, motor home, mini motor home, travel trailer, truck camper or van camper used primarily for recreational purposes and not used commercially nor owned by a commercial business. (Source: P.A. 84‑986.)

    Your state definition only applies to the automobile renting occupation tax.

  12. Capt M-Plate says:

    Actually no.

    A Cap is just that, a Cap.

    This is a Ford Ranger with a Cap on it…

    http://imganuncios.mitula.net/2003_ford_ranger_xl_pickup_99409225714630894.jpg

    This is a Ford that has been Converted to a RV:

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3U2uahRwODU/UZf2qxhk8cI/AAAAAAAAPBc/ZKOEjvdm_aI/s1600/1972-Ford-Courier-Roll-A-Long-RV.%2B-%2B01.jpg

    And so is this:

    http://www.truckcampermagazine.com/images/stories/April_2012/beach-camping-ford-ranger.jpg

    Does your Ranger have the Winch and the Under-Carriage Engine Guard and the modified suspension for extra clearance and the over sized off road Pro Comp tires at 394.99 each?

    No? You only spent 78.00 to slap RV plates on the Pickup because they let you and you could avoid the 101.00 a year Fee for renewal?

    And even if you have the above…It is still Physically a Pickup Truck and subject to the 170A ordinance.

    And Legally…In Chicago…Under the Home Rule Clause….

    We (not me personally, because I actually personally agree) enforce the Ordinances based off of what Ald Burnett’s Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee Say they mean.

  13. Drew says:

    To echo M Plate..

    A Cap isn’t a Camper Shell. And you bloody well know it PK

  14. DoR Employee says:

    An aside about this one…

    Ald O Shea of the 19th Ward is currently responsible for the City Clerk not being able to issue the Pickup Truck/Van Residential Parking Permit when you get your ST or LP class City Sticker every year.

    That guy is twitchy…

    A couple 3 years ago…the 19th Ward was a May Issue/Requires Ward for this permit…now in 2012 He has a personality change and decides to go Won’t Issue/Doesn’t Require for the ward. Which screws his Ward residents that Own Pickup’s and Vans and B Truck vehicles revery where else in the city.

  15. DoR Employee says:

    Oh….it is now a 75 dollar a day ticket…

    Get the permit and don’t worry about having an Illegal Plate on your Pickup Truck PK

  16. pkdickman says:

    I’m not worried. I have never lost one I have argued in person. 20 so far. It’s easy to win when you have the letter of the law on your side.

  17. B says:

    Maybe in Chicago they still allow the letter of law in the court.

  18. Drew says:

    The Letter of the Law is what the MCC states.

    Get the permit you baby.

  19. Drew says:

    And by that I mean the Whole damn MCC. Not the parts you cherry pick.

  20. Pete says:

    Chicago does not want you to have a pickup truck in the city. The letter of the law means nothing here – you will have to pay these tickets.

  21. B says:

    “Chicago does not want you to have a pickup truck in the city.”

    Is it because people find them unsightly or is it to make things more difficult and costly for people to start their own businesses?

  22. PKDickman says:

    Just went down and beat another one today.

    B
    This is an ordinance that has gotten twisted all out of whack in a war on pickups, because, as Daniel Burnham said, “You let one pickup truck in and the next week you’ll be hip deep in hillbillys.”

    It started life a the “Large Vehicle Restriction” intended to keep dump trucks, buses, fleets of taxicabs and other commercial vehicles from being warehoused on the streets.

    Non commercial pickups and vans fell under the wording but that was ok , in the wording was an exemption for RVs less than 22 ft long.
    If an owner registered his vehicle as an RV it was legal in all 50 wards. RV plates are not available to commercial owners. (in fact there is a bill in Spfld for a special class of RV plate for companies that rent RVs, because they are required to plate them as trucks.)

    In four wards commercial owners who used their trucks as both business and personal use, could also get permission to park their commercial truck near their homes, subject to Aldermanic priviledge and special dispensation from the city council.

    But understand, this whole 22 ft thing is not some sneaky loophole. It is a specific exemption written for this class of vehicle.
    Winnebagos are all 25+ ft long. The only things less than 22ft long that can be registered as an RV, are truck campers and van campers. This exemption was written into the ordinance since day one and is still there after 24 years and 69 amendments.

    Over the years, every ward signed on to specifically allow commercial pickup truck parking (subject to Aldermanic priviledge) and one ward has waived the privilege.

    The revenuers have decided that, since truck parking it is allowed in all 50 wards, they no longer have to honor this exemption.

    They have embarked on a blitz of ticket writing geared at forcing everyone with one of these vehicles to apply for the special dispensation.

    I have made it my mission to tell them they are wrong.

    They either have to change the ordinance of stop writing these damn tickets.

  23. Pete says:

    “is it to make things more difficult and costly for people to start their own businesses?”

    BINGO! Its part of Chicago’s long-fought War on the Middle Class. Only yuppies and welfare breeders are wanted in this city. Working class are encouraged to go elsewhere.

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