'Tis the Season for Winter Parking Bans - NBC Chicago

'Tis the Season for Winter Parking Bans



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    Chicago's got a present for you -- a big fat ticket.

    You'd better watch out, you'd better not cry, you better not pout and we're telling you why ...

    Parking bans are coming to town!

    December 1st marks the time honored tradition of Chicago's annual Winter overnight parking ban, which goes into effect from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. every morning until April 1st.

    Ignoring the ban can result in a $150 towing fee (minimum), a $50 ticket and a daily storage fee of $10 that increases over time.

    "These regulations are designed to keep our most critical routes up and running at all times so that emergency vehicles, buses and other vehicles can get to where they need to go,” explained Streets & Sanitation Commissioner Thomas G. Byrne.

    The City of Chicago's website says that the ban imposes parking restrictions for approximately 107 miles of Chicago's most critical arterial streets and is enforced whether it snows or not. It also highlights that last year 164 motorists ignored the warning and had to spend money on parking tickets rather than gifts.

    There are signs on the streets as indicators, but just to be safe check out the full list of all the streets that will be impacted on the City of Chicago's website.