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Winter Overnight Parking Ban Ends, Street Cleaning Season Begins

Orange FridaySpring is here!

How do we know?

Because the city’s Winter Overnight Parking Ban is ending and street cleaning season is beginning.

April 1st is the annual date for the end to the prohibition of parking from 3 AM to 7 AM on select main thoroughfares in the city–just in case a big snowstorm strikes.

But it’s also the date city street sweepers begin cleaning the neighborhood streets of Chicago.

Temporary orange paper signs have already sprouted up on blocks across the city and street sweepers will get to work starting at 9 AM sharp Friday. Drivers will need to stay off designated streets until 2 PM or 3PM (depending on the sign) or until the signs are removed by Department of Streets and Sanitation personnel.

If you forget or ignore the signs, a ticket will set you back $60.

ABC 7 News Talks To Drivers Caught In First Night Of Winter Ban

ABC 7 talked to a bunch of irate drivers Tuesday morning outside the city’s auto pound on Sacramento.

One father says his daughter was towed two years in a row on the first night of Chicago Winter Overnight Parking Ban.

That $230 is an expensive lesson. Hopefully she won’t be visiting Auto Pound #6 next December 1st.

Chicago Winter Overnight Parking Ban Starts Tonight

Chicago Winter Overnight Parking Ban SignWhile winter doesn’t begin for another three weeks from a meteorogical perspective, on Tuesday at 3 a.m., winter officially starts on major streets across the city.

Every December 1st, the Chicago begins its winter overnight parking ban which prohibits parking from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. on 107 miles of what are considered critical arterial streets throughout Chicago. The ban continues until March 31st, even if there isn’t any snow on the ground.

The city says the ban is necessary to keep these major thoroughfares clear of cars in order to help in snow removal in case of a surprise major snowstorm, according to Department of Streets and Sanitation spokesperson Jennifer Martinez.

The ban “just helps our crews in their ability to clean up any snow from these crucial routes and help people get to work or school in case there was a big storm,” said Martinez.

Drivers who ignore the ban face an expensive and inconvenient Tuesday morning retrieving a vehicle from one of Chicago’s auto pounds. It will cost a towed motorist $150 for the tow, a $20 auto pound storage fee and a $60 parking ticket — a total of $230.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Tow Trucks Get Big Haul On First Night Of Winter Parking Ban

A tow truck is set to tow a car off Milwaukee Avenue early Sunday morning on the first day of the city's annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban.

They came by car, by taxi and some by foot.

Drivers who had cars towed on the first night of the city’s annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban arrived at City Auto Pound #6 at 701 N. Sacramento Ave., angry, frustrated and tired early Sunday morning to retrieve their cars.

Aurora Ramierez and her husband traveled to the pound by taxi with their two young children, ages 2 and 7 in tow, both still dressed in their pajamas underneath winter coats.

“It was at 6:10 in the morning, we heard four knocks on the door but by the time we went outside the car was gone,” said Ramierez who lives on West Division Street. “The sign says if there’s 2 inches of snow…they could be more specific.”

It was an expensive mistake for towed drivers who were hit with a $150 tow fee, $20 per day in storage fees and a $60 parking ticket.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

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.

Early Warning, Winter Overnight Parking Ban Starts This Weekend

Drivers beware!

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.

More Cars Towed On Second Night Of Winter Overnight Parking Ban Than First

Normally, city tow trucks haul away more illegally parked vehicles on the first night than any other night of the four month long Winter Overnight Parking Ban.

Usually, by the second night of the ban, tow numbers have dropped dramatically.

But not this year.

In fact, on Saturday night/Sunday morning, tow trucks exceeded the first night of the ban, bringing in another potentially recording breaking 303 vehicles according to city officials.

On the ban’s first night, Streets & Sanitation reported 301 cars towed, making the total take for the first two nights a whopping 604 vehicles. The closest two night total in the last five years was in 2009 when 399 cars were hooked up and brought to the auto pound.

Last year, only 188 cars got towed on the ban’s first night, followed by 137 on the second night. In 2010, it was 215 for the first night and 167 for the second.

Towed Drivers Whine, Cry, Complain About Parking Ban

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It’s an annual event.

Every December 1st, a ton of cars get towed to one of Chicago’s four auto pounds on the first day of the Winter Overnight Parking Ban.

Drivers, by the hundreds, file into auto pound offices, slap down their $160 in cash or by credit card, and retrieve their vehicles. This year it was an astounding 301 cars–perhaps the most in one night in the city’s history.

Afterward drivers complain.

Facts, Info, & Tips To Survive Chicago’s Winter Overnight Parking Ban

The Facts, Info & Tips To Keep The Tow Trucks Away

With Chicago’s annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban starting late Friday night at 3AM (technically Saturday morning), here’s what drivers need to know to keep their cars from being hooked up behind a city tow truck.


Starting Saturday, December 1st until April 1st, every night from 3 AM to 7 AM.

Remember, this really means Friday night. Find a safe, legal parking spot on a side street for your car to avoid any driving drama.


On 107 miles of Chicago’s main arterial streets.

This includes portions of Clark St., Devon, Central, Foster, Kedzie, Milwaukee, Division, Madison, State St., Cermak, Archer, Martin Luther King Drive, Morgan, 60th, Cottage Grove, 78th, 103rd, 106th and Torrence.

Here’s the city’s full listing of streets covered by the parking ban.

If you normally park on a major thoroughfare overnight, double-check the signs along the entire block to see if you can legally park there at night.

Give your alderman’s office a call and double check with a staff member to see where you can legally park and/or what streets near where you live are impacted.

Reference the map below to see if streets where you park are affected.


Winter Overnight Parking Ban Begins Friday Night, Saturday Morning


On December 1st, a few hundred Chicago drivers will return to where they parked their car the night before only to find it has mysteriously disappeared.

It’s like that every December 1st, when Chicago’s infamous, annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban goes into effect. Every day between 3 AM and 7 AM until April 1st, city tow trucks will spirit away vehicles parked along 107 miles of Chicago’s main arterial streets to one of Chicago’s auto pounds.

Department of Streets and Sanitation spokesperson Anne Sheahan says her department has had boots on the ground since Monday reminding drivers of the winter ban’s imminent return by placing fliers on the windshields of cars parked along streets affected by the ban.

“Our goal is to have the season start with no tows,” says Sheahan. “No one wants to come out and find their car has been moved. We’re trying to do our best to see that people don’t get ticketed and towed.”

Getting towed in violation of the winter ban is expensive. Between the $50 ticket and the $160 in tow fees, drivers will fork over a minimum $210 at the auto pound to get their car back.

Sheahan strongly advises motorists who park along winter ban streets to think of the ban as starting Friday night, not Saturday morning.

“Remember, when you go to bed Friday or park your car Friday night, the ban will take effect overnight,” says Sheahan. “We want to stress to people the ban will be in effect at 3 AM.”