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And even though spring officially began March 2oth, city motorists mark the beginning of spring as April 1st when Chicago’s winter overnight parking ban ends.
This annual ban from December 1st to April 1st every year prohibits drivers from parking overnight from 3 AM to 7 AM on 107 miles of main arterial thoroughfares within the city. Every year thousands of vehicles get towed off these banned streets much to the frustration and chagrin of their owners and putting over $1.5 million in the city’s pocket.
Seems there is a new spot in town that all the young mommies enjoy bringing their offspring.
Turns out, the parking lot they’ve been using to park their Audis, Mercedes, Saabs, and BMWs, is not to supposed to be parked in.
It seems that since the building next door to the cafe got torn down in June, all the moms began parking there–at least until last week when close to 20 of the mom’s cars got towed by Phillips Towing Company.
ABC 7 Shows Aftermath Of 1st Night Of Winter Parking Ban
Break out the Kleenex and the adult sized pacifiers.
It’s the annual TV news coverage spotlight the sob stories of the aggravated drivers, whose cars were swept up by city tow trucks on the first night of the the city’s winter overnight parking ban.
Does anyone really like Lincoln Towing?
The infamous towing company isn’t a popular company to deal with. Mainly because they’ve just hauled off your car from most likely a place you were not supposed to park.
This time around, CBS 2 catches Lincoln Towing (and a few other towing companies) not towing illegally, but overcharging for the tows.
Read. The. Signs.
This is what happens when car owners don’t read and heed the signs–your vehicle is going to get towed.
These cars on Evergreen St. between Wicker Park (the actual park not the neighborhood) and Milwaukee Ave. were relocated courtesy of a friendly Streets & Sanitation tow truck driver.
That’s three 7:05 PM back-to-back starts, which means three nights of Wrigley Field night game parking restrictions in LV-2 and 383 residential permit parking zones. The restrictions kick in at 5 PM and last through 10 PM.
Remember, if you don’t have the proper RPP stickers or passes, you can’t park on residential side streets essentially a mile in every direction from Wrigley Field.
Street Cleaning Season Kicks Off April 1st
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.
What To Do When You Get Towed By The City
Where the hell did my car go?!?
Your mind races with panic when you come back to the spot where your car used to be just minutes ago.
Did I forget where I parked? Was my car stolen? Am I just confused?
The most likely answer is your car just got towed.
What Do I Do Now?
The first thing to do is not panic.
Now, just like us, their city is doing their best to dig out.
Working toward this effort to widen snow packed lanes on streets, the city posted no parking/tow zone signs on the city’s toney east side.
The city towed 241 vehicles, but also improperly towed 75 cars where signs were never posted according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Cars Abandoned On LSD Relocated To Several City Lots
Update: City has set up an online database for relocated vehicles stranded on LSD. Here’s the webpage.
When the City of Chicago made the decision to close down Lake Shore Drive in the middle a blizzard of historical significance, hundreds of drivers were forced to abandon their cars and flee the drive.
This left Streets & Sanitation with the Herculean task of removing these several hundred vehicles and find a place to park them.
According to OEMC these vehicles have been, and are being relocated to relatively nearby parking lots off Lake Shore Drive at Chicago Avenue, Belmont Avenue, Wilson Avenue, Foster Avenue, Soldier Field, and North Avenue at Wells St.