Winter Parking Ban Starts Early Sunday, Record Total of Cars Could Be Towed

A towed vehicle exits the Auto Pound at 701 N. Sacramento last year after the first night of Winter Overnight Parking Ban.

Record numbers of drivers could have a rude awakening Sunday morning when the city’s annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban starts.

That’s because the ban begins on a weekend this year, just like it did last year when far more cars were towed on the first two nights of the ban than during any year since 2007, including many revelers out for a night at the bars. While city officials couldn’t say for sure, they believed the two-day opening total was a record number.

But this year there could be even more unhappy drivers, city officials acknowledge, for two reasons:

• With the ban starting at 3 a.m. Sunday, at the end of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, many visitors from out of town might be unfamiliar with the prohibition on parking on 107 miles of arterial streets, which runs till 7 a.m. daily from Dec. 1-April 1. The ban is a precautionary measure in case the city needs to plow the streets after a snowfall, but it remains in effect even if it doesn’t snow.

• The city started offering free parking at metered spots in most neighborhoods on Sundays earlier this year, which has led many people to simply leave their cars parked from late Saturday to early Monday, many business officials said.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

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