Chicago Winter Overnight Parking Ban and other cold weather information

Chicago Winter Overnight Parking Ban and other cold weather information
Photo: Chicago Tribune

Tomorrow is December 1st.

Do you remember what that means? It means Chicago's annual Winter (snow or no snow) Overnight Parking Ban goes into effect at 3 a.m.

Even though, as of yet, Chicago hasn't even experienced a flurry--no matter--if your car is parked in any of the restricted areas you will be stuck with a minimum of a $150 towing fee, a $60 ticket and a storage fee of $20 per day.

Happy holidays.

snowbanovernight-parking-banAlthough signage is permanently posted along the affected routes, if you don't look or don't use your car everyday or are visiting from out-of-town it is easy to forget.

Each year several hundred cars are towed during the first couple of nights of the ban that will be enforced nightly from 3:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., December 1, 2016 through Saturday, April 1, 2017, regardless of snow.

The ban impacts approximately 107 miles of Chicago’s streets. A complete map of the Overnight Parking Ban Routes can be found here.

Vehicles in violation of the ban will be towed to Pounds 2 (10301 S. Doty Ave) or 6 (701 N. Sacramento Ave.).

Other regulations include:

More streets are impacted when the city receives 2 or more inches of snow. Check for signs before you park your car overnight when snow is predicted.

Chicago’s Snow Removal Ordinance requires property owners to clear a path at least five feet wide on all of the sidewalks adjacent to their property, including any crosswalk ramps.  Please note:  It is illegal to shovel snow into the right-of-way, which includes: transit stops and bus pads, parking spaces, bike lanes, bike racks, Divvy stations or any other space where snow impedes traffic of any kind.

The Chicago Heat Ordinance mandates that landlords supply heat to rental units during cold weather months.  From September 15 to June 1, the temperature inside a rental residence must be at least 68 degrees during the day.  Evening temperatures must be at least 66 degrees.  The Department of Buildings encourages residents to first contact their landlords when these temperatures are not maintained and to call 3-1-1 if no action is being taken.

Warming Centers

The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates six Community Service Centers located throughout the city that double as warming centers on weekdays during the winter months when temperatures fall below 32 degrees.

Information and multilingual fliers containing warming center information in English, Spanish and Polish are posted on DFSS's website and Facebook pages here and here.

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