How To Handle Chicago Parking Tickets

Chicago parking tickets are far too easy to receive due to confusing signage, a lack of street parking in general, and seasonal parking restrictions. If you’re new to Chicago, or are visiting with a car, it’s important to keep the following factors in mind:

  • Snow regulations
  • Permit parking areas
  • Parking signage (time limits, street cleaning, etc.)
  • Prohibited parking zones

Anyone who’s received a parking ticket in Chicago will tell you that Chicago parking enforcers are meticulous about following the rules. For instance, if you’re parking on the street and even part of your car is parked in front of a yellow zone, chances are you’ll be ticketed.

Because of the strict and ever changing rules from street to street, it’s up to you to always be on the lookout for any incriminating parking situations.

Fortunately, there are tips to avoid situations that could potentially lead to parking tickets. And if you’re an aware, informed parker, there are ways to fight parking tickets you feel are unfair.

Read on to learn how to deal with parking tickets in Chicago. 

How to Avoid Chicago Parking Tickets, and How to Fight Them When You Get One

Tips for Avoiding Chicago Parking Tickets

  • Always, always look out for signage about parking restrictions when parking on the street. Restrictions typically have to do with weather, time limits, and street cleaning.
  • In the winter, look out for signs indicating whether or not it’s legal to park on a street depending how much snow is on the ground. If a couple inches of snow have fallen, your best bet is to opt for a parking garage – both for the safety of your car and for the possibility that the street needs to be cleared.
  • In the summer, the two main reasons street parking may not be permitted are street cleanings and construction. Many blocks have specific days and hours that parking is not permitted, based on when street cleanings are scheduled. Keep an eye out for signage indicating these restricted signs.
  • Know when to not park on the street. Sometimes, knowing when to opt for off-street parking can save you a lot of pain and frustration. During major events or when traveling to a dense area, for example, off-street parking is not only the easier, but the more affordable choice. Consider finding and reserving off-street parking in advance for optimal convenience.


Resources for Avoiding Chicago Parking Tickets

  • ParkChicago – The city’s official parking app, which you can use to pay for and replenish your meter from your phone. This is especially helpful if you’re away from your car longer than you expected and need to add more time to your meter. Meter maids have a knack for showing up right when your meter runs out, so this is the perfect solution to avoid a parking ticket.

Fighting Chicago Parking Tickets

  • The Expired Meter Fights Your Tickets – As usual, The Expired Meter tells you everything you need to know about Chicago parking. This should be your first stop for tips about how to fight tickets, as well as links to local lawyers in case you’re thinking about escalating it to the next level.
  • How to Get Out of a Ticket in Chicago – TimeOut Chicago’s most current guide for fighting parking tickets in the city. They give you step-by-step actions, making fighting a ticket almost seem easy.