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Free United Center Parking – Chicago Bulls Chicago Blackhawks & Events

Free United Center Street Parking Map

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Red Lines denote free street parking.  In some cases free street parking is closer than pay lots.  Some streets have no restrictions on parking while others have 4pm to 6pm, 7am to 9am rush hour, 8am to 430pm school day restrictions, etc­.

 

Don’t want to risk it on the street?

Reserve parking for only $14 in a safe & secure lot

 

 

Free United Center Street Parking (street view)

There’s plenty of free street parking within walking distance of the United Center.  You don’t have to pay for parking at Bulls Games, Blackhawks Games or concerts at the United Center. Another benefit of parking outside of the massive pay lots is avoiding the hassle and amount of time it takes to leave after a Bulls Game, Blackhawks game, or concert.

Views from corner of Wolcott and Washington (Facing South (on Wolcott), and then North respectively)

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Views from corner of Wolcott and Maypole (Facing South (on Wolcott), East (on Maypole), and then West respectively)
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Views from corner of Warren and Hoyne facing East

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  15Comments

  1. Barry   •  

    This is great to know. I had always been going to the $20 lots, with the con man in the orange vest running it like a Shmo. Those lots are not even that close to the United Center, anyway, so I’m glad that I have a much better alternative.

  2. julie   •  

    I’ve parked outside of the united center for a concert for free before. But then I saw a woman who lived there come outside to find her windows broken. I then walked around the block and moved my car into the united center’s parking lot. Obviously this could happen anywhere but much of the surrounding area is dangerous…

    • Mark   •     Author

      You are right, there is a risk of parking on the street. The area has gotten much better over the past 5 years and definitely in the last 10 but is by no means “a great” area.

      Parking on the street is definitely “at your own risk” like it is in any area. For the duration of the games, it seems there is an elevated police presence on the streets which is some consolation, but anything is possible. I just had a bunch of my friends park last night at the corner of Washington and Wolcott for free. (That’s my tip for best free parking on the map). Thanks for dropping by and hope you enjoyed the concert.

    • Keith   •  

      The lot attendants don’t protect your car. If you read the signs as you enter the lot, it’s just as likely someone will smash your car in the lot as on the street.

  3. Jeremy   •     Author

    Keith,

    This is a great point your bring up. They are there only to funnel you in like cattle and it is park at your own risk. Hopefully it wasn’t your car that was damaged!

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  8. Anthony   •  

    Depends on the lot, I used to park at the ‘SCAM’ lot, advertise $18 then pull in and they say blocked in, which is jammed in, or $25 easy out. I came out just before the game started to see one of their guys checking door handles, he said he was security. I have never parked there again. The ‘Official’ lots at least have security guards walking around.

    • Mark   •     Author

      Anthony, there are many different pay lots, some much better than others. You bring up a good point here about many of the pay lots. How cars are just jammed in and blocked by other cars and that it’s difficult getting out of the lot when leaving a bulls game or blackhawks game.

      Someone can “check door handles” whatever part of the city you are in. If you park anywhere you should check to make sure your car is locked and that no valuables are left on the seat.

      The map we provide here is for free street parking options. If someone feels more comfortable with a pay lot, that option exists also. We aim to provide the information on free parking in the area, so someone can make a parking decision as best they see fit.

      • Anthony   •  

        For me, leaving my car on the street to save $20 just isn’t worth it. Now, if my car is worth less than $20, then thats a different story. After seeing what I saw from the scam lot employee, I certainly won’t risk just leaving it unattended on the street. I guess the piece of mind knowing that at least the Official lots have roving patrols helps. Thanks for the info on the free parking.

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  11. Sheena   •  

    Thanks for the mention on twitter and comment on the blog! As a local Chicagoan, I have definitely parked for free around the United Center (when spots were available). It’s not so bad, but as a female I would say you should be careful at night to a couple of the spots you mentioned. If you stay with a group, you should be fine though.

    If you are uneasy with leaving your vehicle on the street or are from out of town, paid parking is a nice alternative. At Gold Coast Tickets, we typically have VIP parking passes for Blackhawks/Bulls games last-minute at a reasonable price and we’re located just 10 blocks east of the UC, so you can pick them up on the way to the game.

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