In This Guide
In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to know to find parking in Lakeview:
- About Lakeview
- Things To Know About Parking In Lakeview
- Top Parking Tips
- Best Places To Park
- Lots And Garages
- Street Parking
- Parking Near Top Attractions
Lakeview may very well be one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Chicago, housing little pockets of unique, distinctive sub-neighborhoods within its borders.
Lakeview East, for example, runs along the lake and offers some of the best dining in Chicago. Wrigleyville is home to Wrigley Field and a stretch of rowdy sports bars where Cubs fans celebrate victories and relive their college days. In Boystown, you’ll find one of the most vibrant LGBT communities in the country, if not the world.
Chicago neighborhoods are known for evolving quickly. Lakeview is a great example of how different cultures and communities can come together to create an ever-growing destination.
Things to Know About Parking in Lakeview
Lakeview offers a mix of street parking, lots, and garages. Prices vary, depending on where you’re going.
For example, if you’re visiting Lakeview for a baseball game at Wrigley Field, expect a lot of traffic, limited parking availability, and more expensive parking rates. However, if you’re going to a busy street with lots of shopping, you can typically find street parking within walking distance of your destination. Consider when and where you’ll need parking and plan accordingly.
Another important factor to keep in mind is the weather. In the winter, look out for signs indicating whether it’s legal to park on the street. This will depend on 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.
Find more here on general Chicago parking information, like the details of the Chicago vehicle sticker, how to retrieve a towed car, and more.
Top Parking Tips
- Do your research beforehand. Choose whether to park in a lot, garage, or on the street based on your destination and whether there’s a major event nearby. If you’re going to an event, opt for garage or lot to ensure you’ll have a spot.
- 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.
- Most street parking in Lakeview has a time limit. Feeding the meter for more time won’t count if you exceed the maximum amount of time allowed. You have to move your car after the maximum parking time, even if that means moving it one spot down. Otherwise, you’ll risk getting a parking ticket.
Best Places to Park in Lakeview
The parking garage at 808 W. Addison Street stands out. It’s within walking distance of Wrigley Field, so you’ll be sure to get a spot on game day.
Another attractive option is the valet garage at 3157 N. Broadway Street. It’s right in the heart of Lakeview East, where you’ll find amazing restaurants, tons of coffee shops, and trendy bars.
For street parking, check out Clark Street between Belmont Avenue and Diversey Parkway.
Lots and Garages
View the map below or directly on Google for a list of off-street parking lots and garages in Lakeview.
3822 N Sheffield Ave
3920 N Janssen Ave
845 W Sheridan Rd
3115 N Broadway St
3134 N Clark St
3116 N Broadway St
3440 N Broadway St
3211 N Clark St
3157 N Broadway St
3901 N Marshfield Ave
Hawthorne House Valet
The Vic Parking Garage
Belmont House Valet
3224 N Halsted St
3514 N Halsted St
3440 N Lake Shore Dr
1013 W Roscoe St
2836 N Clark St
3600 N Lake Shore Dr
1933 N Halsted St
Street Parking Overview
Street parking in Lakeview depends on a variety of factors: where you’re going, how long you’ll be there, how far you’re willing to walk, the weather, and whether or not there’s a popular event nearby. The three main hindrances to parking on the street are: 1) areas where street parking is within residential parking zones, 2) a lack of street parking during major events like Cubs games and 3) winter weather making street parking virtually impossible.
Your best bet? Do a little research beforehand to decide if street parking is right for you.
Best Bets for Street Parking
- Find ample meter parking on both sides of Southport between Addison and Belmont.
- This stretch is close to the popular Southport shopping district and several restaurants. It is also within walking distance 0f Wrigley Field.
- Metered parking is available on both sides of Clark between Belmont and Diversey.
- This is only a couple blocks (depending on how far north you park) from Broadway Street, one of the best streets to stroll down in Lakeview. Think endless restaurants, coffee shops, music and comedy venues, and bars.
- There’s free street parking on both sides Surf between Broadway and Sheridan.
- There’s no parking allowed between 6 p.m.-6 a.m.
Lakeview Parking Meter Locations and Rate Areas
All metered parking in Lakeview costs $2 per hour. Click here for an interactive version of the map above.
Find more information about metered parking in Lakeview, like disability parking and pay station hours, here.
Paying for Metered Parking in Lakeview
You can pay for metered parking in Lakeview at the pay stations located in the parking zone where you are parking. You should see a sign pointing to the direction of the pay station. Quarters, credit/debit/pre-paid cards are all accepted.
Another option is to download the city’s street parking app, ParkChicago, which allows you to pay from your smartphone. But its best feature is the ability to extend the time on your meter without having to go back to your car, especially in the winter!
Lakeview Residential Parking Zone
Residential parking is available all throughout Lakeview. Click here to see Chicago’s residential parking map.
To park in a residential zone, you need either a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker with Residential Zone Parking or a Daily Residential Parking Permit for guests. Some zones require a residential permit at all times, while others only require permit at certain times of day or night. Find more information about city vehicle stickers here.
Snow plows clear snow almost daily to maintain Lakeview’s streets in the winter. That being said, street parking is prohibited when there’s over 2 inches of snow. Don’t carry a ruler with you? Your best bet is to avoid street parking altogether when it’s snowing or when snow is on the ground. Park in a parking garage or lot instead.
The city also puts overnight parking bans in place during the winter so that the streets can be plowed at night. Check the City of Chicago website in the winter for more information about when exactly those bans are in place.
Parking Near Top Attractions
Wrigley Field: Built in 1914, Wrigley Field is the second-oldest major league baseball park. Home to the Chicago Cubs, over 2.5 million people attend games at Wrigley Field every year. Located in the heart of Wrigleyville, this area of Lakeview becomes party central during almost every game, whether it’s at the field itself, from a rooftop surrounding the field, or at nearby bars and pubs.
Parking near Wrigley Field during a game is notoriously expensive and challenging to find, so you may want to consider reserving a parking spot in advance to ensure an easy parking experience.
Affordable garage or lot parking within walking distance of Wrigley Field include:
Under El Parking Lot
Halsted Flats Garage
Music Box Theatre: Music Box Theatre is one of the best places to catch a movie in the city. The original architecture and design have remained the same since opening in 1929. There’s also the theater ghost, Whitney, who was the first manager of Music Box. Known for their events (all-night movie marathons, holiday screenings, and premiers), visiting the Music Box is a must.
- CTA – Chicago’s public transportation site with parking information near city trains and buses.
- Lakeview East Neighborhood Guide: Where to Eat, Drink, Park, and More – Learn about even more Lakeview attractions with convenient parking.
- Parknav – Helps parkers find the best street parking with real-time predictive data.
- ParkMe – Helps parkers find off- and on-street parking using full-time researchers and a predictive algorithm.
- Cityofchicago.org – City website with parking information, such as laws, restrictions, permits, and more.
- SpotHero – Find and reserve parking in advance with this free on-demand parking app.
- Parkopedia – Browse street and off-street parking rates with an interactive map.