Once an industrial neighborhood, River North is now one of the most happening areas of Chicago. In the 1970s, artists were drawn to the neighborhood for its spacious lofts and cheap rent. Today, the neighborhood is home to luxury apartments, high-end shopping and dining, and the city’s tech scene. It also boasts the densest area of antique stores in Chicago.
The River North area is ripe with convenient parking facilities. Wether you head to River North on a daily basis for work, live in the area, or are just visiting for fun, we’ll help you find the best place to park your car. Keep reading for monthly parking tips, street parking maps, and the best daily parking deals in the area. Stop circling the block looking for a parking spot, and start parking with a smile on your face!
River North Online Parking Reservations
Use the map below to find the best parking deals in River North and book a guaranteed space with SpotHero
If you’re going to need River North parking for more than a few hours, you’ll want to leave your car in an off-street parking facility. This is the best way to ensure that your vehicle is safe and avoid paying high hourly street parking fees. There are plenty of public parking garages in each quadrant of the River North neighborhood. The table below outlines some of the best parking deals in the area. Rates and availability for the options below are subject to change depending on the day of the week that you’re in need of parking for. For the most up to date information, visit SpotHero.com to find great parking deals.
|Name||Price Range||Online Reservations?||Nearest Intersection|
|671 N Clark St||$13 – 12 hours||Book Now!||Huron & Clark|
|720 N State St||$10 – 8 hours||Book Now!||Wellington & Clark|
|520 N Kingsbury||$18 – 12 hours||Book Now!||Grand & Kingsbury|
|10 E Grand Ave||$15 – 10 hours||Book Now!||Grand & Wabash|
|10 E Ontario St||$11 – 12 hours||Book Now!||Ontario & Wabash|
|111 W. Kinzie St.||$11 – 12 hours||Book Now!||Kinzie & Lasalle|
|437 N. Orleans St||$11 – 12 hours||Book Now!||Orleans & Hubbard|
|325 W Wolf Point Plaza||$18 – 8 hours||Book Now!||Kinzie & Orleans|
|516 N Rush St.||$11 – 12 hours||Book Now!||Rush & Illinois|
|673 N. Franklin St||$11 – 12 hours||Book Now!||Erie & Franklin|
River North offers a mix of street parking, lots, and garages. This allows for a variety of parking prices. The key is to figure out which parking option best fits your needs and budget.
If you need to park for the entire day, you’ll save money by parking in a garage or lot at a daily rate, rather than parking on the street at an hourly rate.
Most street parking in River North 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.
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.
- Do your research beforehand. Choose whether to park in a lot, garage, or on the street based on the amount of time you’ll spend in River North. If you need to spend all day in the neighborhood, opt for garage or lot to avoid parking time limits.
- 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.
The Mart Parc Wells Garage at 401 N. Wells Street stands out. It’s in a great location for River North, right next to the Merchandise Mart. Plus, Electric Vehicle (EV) charging is available.
Another attractive option is the lot at 64 E. Hubbard Street. If you’re trying to park a large vehicle like a truck or SUV, a parking lot often offers more space than a garage. This lot is affordable and within walking distance of the Magnificent Mile, one of Chicago’s most popular destinations.
For street parking, check out Chicago Avenue between Orleans Street and LaSalle Street.
View the map below or directly on Google for a list of off-street parking lots and garages in River North.
River North Street Parking Overview
Street parking in River North depends on a variety of factors: how long you need parking, where you’re going, how far you’re willing to walk, and the weather. Your best bet? Do a little research beforehand to decide if street parking is right for you.
For example, there’s ample street parking if you’re only parking for a couple hours and your destination is northwest River North. But if you’re going to a crowded area, like the Merchandise Mart, you are less likely to find street parking.
And don’t forget about Chicago winters, which makes street parking impossible at times.
River North Street Parking Map
- Find ample meter parking on both sides of Huron between Orleans and Wells, as well as on Erie between Kingsbury and Orleans.
- This parking stretch is close to some of Chicago’s most popular restaurants and bars.
- Free street parking is available on the east side of Dearborn between Hubbard and Kinzie.
- This area is in the heart of River North, only a couple blocks west of the Mag Mile and walking distance to the Merchandise Mart.
- There’s no parking allowed between 11 p.m.-5 a.m.
- There’s free street parking on the south side of Ohio between Clark and Dearborn.
- There’s no parking allowed between 7 a.m.-9 a.m. and 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
River North Parking Meter Locations and Rate Areas
All metered parking in River North costs $4 per hour. Click here for an interactive version of the map above.
Find more information about metered parking in River North, like disability parking and pay station hours, here.
Paying for Metered Parking in River North
You can pay for metered parking in River North 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!
River North Residential Parking Zones
Residential parking is available in central and northwest River North. 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 River North’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.
Merchandise Mart: Built in the 1930s, the Merchandise Mart is the largest commercial building in the world. Popular tech companies, major wholesalers, restaurants, and shopping can all be found under this one roof. It’s estimated that 25,000 people visit the Mart every business day.
Visiting the Merchandise Mart can be a little overwhelming if you don’t have a game plan. We suggest checking out one of the scheduled shows or events to get the most out of your experience.
Affordable garage or lot parking within walking distance of the Merchandise Mart include:
Wolf Point Garage
300 N LaSalle Valet Stand
Eataly: Eataly is your one-stop shop for all things Italian. The massive two-floor retailer is home to several restaurants and cafes, a market with fresh and unique ingredients, and tasting counters (picture delicious wines and hundreds of cheeses). In other words, show up hungry.
Located just west of the Mag Mile, Eataly offers a special dining option in a sea of restaurant chains.
For parking, Eataly has a valet service located at 43 E. Ohio St. and 44 E. Grand Ave. The closest self-park garage is at 10 E Grand Ave. With a purchase of at least $20 at Eataly, the first hour of parking in the garage is free. Reserve parking in this garage here. *Note: If you reserve parking, the Eataly discount for one free hour no longer applies.
House of Blues: The House of Blues, located along the Chicago River on Dearborn Street, hosts some of the top performers making their way through Chicago. Built in 1967, the building itself is something to behold, inspired by the “Estavovski” Opera House in Prague.
Click here to check out upcoming performances.
Affordable garage or lot parking within walking distance of the House of Blues include:
300 N State Street Valet
350 N State Street Valet
- CTA – Chicago’s public transportation site with parking information near city trains and buses.
- River North Neighborhood Guide: Where to Eat, Drink, Park, and More – Learn about even more River North 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.