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.
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
- The City of Chicago’s Official Guide to Avoiding Tickets – The city breaks down the specific rules for what will get you ticketed, and provides some useful advice about safe places to park.
- The Best Tricks to Avoid Parking Tickets in the City – A useful blog post from SpotHero, an online parking reservation service which makes it possible to reserve parking online to avoid the risk of 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.
- How to Avoid and Beat Residential Permit Parking Tickets – The Expired Meter gives advice about avoiding residential permit parking tickets specifically. There’s tons of residential parking throughout Chicago, so it’s important you know what to look out for.
Fighting Chicago Parking Tickets
- Contesting Tickets (Parking, Red Light and Automated Speed Enforcement) – The specific steps and ways to contest parking tickets in Chicago, as told by the City of Chicago.
- 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.
- Robert Green’s Guide to Beating Tickets – A useful blog post by a Chicago native detailing his strategy to successfully fight parking tickets.