In This Guide
In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to know for parking in Lincoln Park:
- About Lincoln Park
- Things To Know About Parking In Lincoln Park
- Top Parking Tips
- Best Places To Park
- Lots And Garages
- Street Parking
- Parking Near Top Attractions
About Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park offers a little bit of everything: high-end retailers, picturesque parks, quaint residential streets, bustling nightlife, and a wide range of dining options. Home to DePaul University, it also has the feel of a cool college town.
Lincoln Park is also a convenient neighborhood to live in or visit, given that it’s a straight shot downtown by train, bus, or car.
The best time to visit is during the warmer months. It’s an ideal time to explore the Lincoln Park Zoo, Conservatory, and gardens.
Things To Know About Parking in Lincoln Park
The main two parking quirks in Lincoln Park are residential permit zones and weather restrictions.
While street parking is abundant, much of it is designated for drivers with a residential permit. Always check street signage in this neighborhood to avoid parking in a permit zone.
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
- Always, always look out for signage about parking restrictions when parking on the street. Restrictions typically have to do with residential zones, weather, time limits, and street cleaning.
- Due to how much street parking is designated for residents, consider reserving a parking spot in a lot or garage. Parking reservation apps let you search for spots and reserve in advance, often at a discount to the drive-up rate.
- Most street parking in Lincoln Park 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 Lincoln Park
Best Parking Spots: The garage and lot at 356 West Belden Avenue stands out. It is centrally located within walking distance to the lakeshore path, the park and the Lincoln Park Zoo.
If you’re looking for street parking, the stretch on Clark Street between Fullerton Avenue and Armitage Avenue is a great option.
Lots and Garages
View the map below or directly on Google for a list of off-street parking lots and garages in Lincoln Park.
2625 N Orchard St Lot
1578 N Clybourn Ave Valet
1840 N Clybourn Ave Garage
1933 N Halsted St Garage
527 W Webster Ave Garage
2665 N Halsted St Garage
2960 N Lake Short Dr Valet
Lincoln Park Zoo Lot
The Pierre Garage
North & Sheffield Self Park Garage
Street Parking Overview
Most of the parking in Lincoln Park is comprised of street parking. However, as mentioned above, much of the street parking is designated for residents with parking permits. It can be challenging to find a metered spot due to the high density of shops and restaurants attracting Chicagoans and tourists to Lincoln Park. Come prepared to drive around a few minutes until you find a spot.
Best Bets for Street Parking
- Find free and metered street parking on West Armitage Avenue between Racine and Larrabee.
- This stretch of parking is on a street with some of the best shops and restaurants in Lincoln Park and is within walking distance of DePaul University.
- There’s a small stretch of free parking on Armitage between Seminary and Kenmore, closer to the western edge of the neighborhood.
- Metered street parking is available on both sides of Clark Street between Fullerton and Armitage.
- This area is a short walk to the Lincoln Park Zoo, Lincoln Park Conservatory, and the lakefront. Great restaurants and shopping are also along this stretch of Clark Street.
- There’s free street parking on both sides of Fullerton between Belden and Chalmers.
- This location is right next to DePaul’s music building and art museum, as well as within walking distance to Lincoln Hall.
Lincoln Park Parking Meter Locations and Rate Areas
All metered parking in Lincoln Park costs $2 per hour. Click here for an interactive version of the map above.
Find more information about metered parking in Lincoln Park, like disability parking and pay station hours, here.
Paying for Metered Parking in Lincoln Park
You can pay for metered parking in Lincoln Park at the pay stations located in the parking zone where you’re 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!
Lincoln Park Residential Parking Zone
Residential parking is available all throughout Lincoln Park. Click here to see Chicago’s residential parking map.
To park in a residential zone, you’ll 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 Lincoln Park’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
Chicago History Museum: Formerly the Chicago Historical Society, the Chicago History Museum is on the southern edge of Lincoln Park. The building has burned down and been rebuilt twice–once during the Great Chicago Fire and again three years later. Despite how many artifacts have been destroyed, the museum has still been able to accumulate thousands of manuscripts, artifacts, and artwork.
There’s always something to do at the museum. Attend a lecture or seminar to learn about Chicago’s rich history. Explore captivating exhibits, such as a deeper look into five of Abraham Lincoln’s key speeches, or famous photographer Vivian Maier’s images of Chicago from the 1960s and 1970s.
The museum suggests the public parking lot on the northeast corner of Clark and LaSalle ($9 when validated at the museum).
Lincoln Park: It would be a shame to go to Lincoln Park without going to the Lincoln Park. Some of the top attractions in the whole neighborhood reside in the park itself, including the Chicago History Museum, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Even if you don’t visit any of the above attractions, the park itself contains beautiful plants, ponds, and trails to bike and walk.
The park district suggests parking at any of these locations, which are along the park’s border. The parking lots with the best rates include:
2431 N Cannon Drive
- 2431 N. Cannon Dr.
Belmont Harbor North
- Belmont Ave. & N. Sheridan Rd.
- $14/day during Peak Season and $6/day during Off-Peak Season
- CTA – Chicago’s public transportation site with parking information near city trains and buses.
- 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.