Dear Chicago Drivers: You Might Be in Luck When It Comes to the Overnight Parking Ban

By sunrise of Dec. 2, the City of Chicago pocketed an estimated $46,000 in towing, ticketing, and storage fees. What the Windy City might not have expected were angry motorists raising Cain about Chicago's Winter Overnight Parking Ban. Who were they? Likely the 200 motorists who had violated the seasonal overnight parking ban. And the hoopla got someone's attention. In fact, it was raised to the level of a Northwest Side alderman.

The 26th's Roberto Maldonado is looking to provide some relief to wary Chicago drivers. With his proposed city ordinance, Maldonado hopes he can amend municipal code to give motorists parking in impacted streets a warning notice. According to the new language, a "ticketing agent shall issue a warning notice for the first violation" and "any subsequent violation of the section shall result in the issuance of a citation". Second-time violators will be subject to the penalties, AKA the $230+ it might take to get your car out of the city pound.

So What Do You Think?

Chicago Parking Tickets and Tows

While Maldonado's proposal is being reviewed by Chicago's Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety, current violators of the parking ban will be towed to an impound lot at 701 North Sacramento Avenue or at 10301 South Doty Avenue. You can call 311 to find out where your vehicle is located.

If you need overnight parking in Chicago, a pro-tip: Park indoors at a garage. Don't risk a $230+ fine by parking on the wrong street! Keep a close eye out for all posted signs and be sure to follow all rules posted. If you're looking for an overnight parking option in a garage, check out the overnight parking options in Chicago by adjusting the calendar to fit your needs.

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