Chicago's Winter Overnight Parking Ban Goes Into Effect December 1

November 29, 2015

Restrictions Help Ensure City Crews Can Plow Vital Streets during Snow Storms

The Department of Streets and Sanitation today reminded motorists that the annual Chicago winter overnight parking ban goes into effect on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, and runs through March 31, 2016.  The parking ban will be enforced during the hours of 3 am to 7 am, and impacts 107 miles of critical arterials throughout the city. 

"During a snow storm it is critical that crews are able to plow and salt Chicago's main streets.  This helps us restore the city to normal as quickly as possible, and ensures that buses can access routes to take passengers to work, school and along their daily routines," said Commissioner Charles L. Williams.  "Residents can assist us in this effort by checking signs and following posted restrictions." 

In addition to posted signs, crews from Streets and Sanitation have been posting flyers on cars parked on restricted streets to help remind motorists about the overnight parking ban.  

Cars parked in violation of the overnight ban prevent critical routes from being fully plowed and salted when it snows. During a snowfall, a build-up of snow next to parked vehicles on these routes further reduces traffic flow. 

Violators will face a minimum $150 towing fee, a $60 ticket and a storage fee of $20 per day.  Vehicles in violation of the ban will be towed to Pounds 2 (10301 S. Doty Avenue) or 6 (701 N. Sacramento).  

For more information on the overnight parking ban and a map of streets impacted by the ban, visit 


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