Overnight Ban

In order to ensure that the most critical roadways in Chicago are kept clear at all times, the City of Chicago instituted a Winter Overnight Parking Ban on 107 miles of vital arterial streets from 3:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. between December 1st and April 1st. This ban is in effect regardless of snow fall. In the 32nd Ward, this ban applied to Milwaukee Ave. and Division St. Click here for a city-wide map of restricted streets.  Motorists who ignore this permanently posted seasonal tow zone face a minimum $150 towing fee, in addition to a $60 ticket and an initial $10 daily storage fee.

Two Inch Snow Parking Ban

A separate season parking ban exists for another 500 miles of main streets when there is at least two inches of snow on the street, no matter the time of day or the date. Motorists who ignore this permanently posted seasonal tow zone face a minimum $150 towing fee, in addition to a $60 ticket and an initial $10 daily storage fee. Click here for a city-side map of restricted streets.

The following streets are part of the two-inch snow parking ban in the 32nd Ward: Addison Ave., Armitage Ave., Ashland Ave., Chicago Ave., Clybourn Ave., Damen Ave., Division St., Elston Ave., Fullerton Ave., Lincoln Ave., North Ave., Milwaukee Ave. and Western Ave.

Both of these parking bans were implemented to prevent recurrences of 1967 and 1979 incidents when Chicago came to a traffic stand still due to major snowstorms.

Links & Files

Department of Streets & Sanitation – Winter Parking Ban Information

Winter Night Parking Ban – City-Wide Map

Two Inch Snow Parking Ban – City-Wide Map