Chicago Winter Overnight Parking Ban

Chicago’s annual overnight street parking ban starts Friday, December 1. Winter overnight parking bans originated to avoid traffic standstill after some of the worst recorded Chicago snowstorms in the 1960s and 1970s.

Chicago Winter Overnight Parking Ban

Whether or not there’s snow, parking is banned in select street spots from December 1, 2023, to April 1, 2024, during the hours of 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. 107 miles of main city streets have these permanent no-parking signs posted. Check before parking and if you see one of these signs, do not park there!

On nearly 500 miles of side streets, there’s a separate overnight parking ban that goes into effect only when there are at least two inches of snow. While the side street ban is not activated often, in times of inclement weather, drivers may find a ticket on their windshield or discover their car was moved. If you are in one of these spots be sure to check the forecast to ensure you don’t experience any issues when returning to your car.

Parking in a banned spot when the overnight ban is in effect can result in a $60 ticket, a $150 tow fee, and a fee of $25 per day to store your vehicle.

SpotHero can help connect you to thousands of parking spots in Chicago that keep your car off the street, snow off your windshield, and money in your pocket. To learn more about Chicago’s overnight parking ban, check out FOX32’s piece and learn how you can avoid a ticket and tow.

Click here to see the most current map of overnight parking restrictions throughout the city.

The impound lots are located at 701 North Sacramento Avenue on the northwest side of the city and at 10301 South Doty Avenue on the south side of the city. You can call 311 to find out where your car was towed or check online here.

Need a place to store your car this winter? Check out our Chicago monthly parking page!

Click here to get all of the information from the City of Chicago.