Early Warning, Winter Overnight Parking Ban Starts This Weekend
Chicago’s annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban kicks off late Saturday night or more accurately early Sunday morning, December 1st at 3 AM on 107 miles of arterial streets.
The ban runs every night from December 1st to April 1st from 3 AM to 7 AM whether there’s snow on the pavement or not.
The city claims these critical thoroughfares must be kept car-free in case of an overnight snow storm as parked cars prevents plows from quickly and efficiently clearing streets if a major snow storm strikes.
Department of Streets and Sanitation crews have been flyering cars parked on streets along the ban route and are reminding drivers to read and obey the posted signs.
Last year, the city towed 301 cars on the first night of the parking ban, and another 304 on the second night. These unofficial record tow numbers were probably due to the start of the ban starting on a weekend night which brings motorists into neighborhoods they’re not familiar with.
Many drivers, after a late night at a bar or nightclub, came back to find their car had disappeared.
Vehicles parked in defiance or ignorance of the ban risk a trip to a city auto pound and then a $150 tow fee, $20 per day storage fee and $60 parking ticket.
Drivers who are towed should call 311 to locate their car.
Here’s a handy reference map of the streets which are effected by the city’s Winter Overnight Parking Ban.