How to Find Parking in the West Loop

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In This Guide

In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to know to find parking in the West Loop:

About the West Loop

Chicago’s West Loop has all the makings of one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Chicago: new restaurants owned by famous chefs, luxury apartments and lofts, a happening bar scene, and high-end retailers.

Walking through the West Loop now, it’s hard to believe the neighborhood wasn’t an appealing area until only a couple decades ago. This was when trendy, one-of-a-kind restaurants began popping up. Since then, the neighborhood has grown exponentially. And the popularity of fine and trendy dining remains present and continues to define the West Loop.

Things to Know About Parking in the West Loop

The West Loop offers mostly street and valet parking, with most off-street options east of the freeway. The lack of off-street parking can make it difficult to plan where you’ll park ahead of time. When going to the West Loop, prepare to drive around a bit before landing on a spot.

An 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 public transit or parking in a 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

  • Be prepared to spend a few minutes driving around when looking for parking in the West Loop, especially if it’s the weekend.
  • 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 the West Loop 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 the West Loop

The Circa 922 Garage at 922 W. Washington Boulevard stands out. It’s one of the only public parking garages in the West Loop. Plus, it’s right next to Randolph Street, where many of the neighborhood’s most popular restaurants are located.

For street parking, check out Washington Boulevard between Aberdeen Street and Halsted Street.

Lots and Garages

View the map below or directly on Google for a list of off-street parking lots and garages in the West Loop.

165 N Clinton St Garage

543 W Lake St Lot

705 S Jefferson St Lot

Arkadia Tower Garage

315 S Jefferson St Lot

117 S Peoria St Lot

708 W Wayman St Lot

550 W Quincy St Garage

555 W Kinzie St Garage

2 N Riverside Plaza Lot

Skybridge Parking Garage

165 N Canal St Valet Garage

525 W Monroe St Garage

762 W Jackson Blvd Lot

850 W Washington Blvd Garage

1355 W Fulton St Lot

603 W Monroe St Lot

718 W Monroe St Lot

623 W Monroe St Lot

730 W Lake St Lot

117 S Peoria St Lot

Presidential Towers Garage

The Poetry Garage

500 W Monroe St Garage

Street Parking

Street Parking Overview

Most of the parking availability in the West Loop is metered, residential, and free street parking, especially as you move further west. The rise in popularity of the West Loop over the past decade has resulted in fairly limited parking.

If public transportation is an option for you, it’s worth considering when visiting this neighborhood. But if you do drive, know that you may have to spend some time searching.

 

Best Bets for Street Parking

West Loop Best Bets

W Washington Blvd

  • Find ample metered parking on the north and south sides of Washington between Racine and Halsted.
  • This parking stretch is only a block away from some of West Loop’s most popular restaurants and bars.

W Madison St

  • Just one block south of Washington, there’s more metered parking between Racine and Halsted.
  • If you’re struggling to find parking on Randolph or Washington, this is a reliable street to check next.

W Lake St

  • Free street parking is available on Lake between Ogden and Racine.
  • This is the most western area of the West Loop, close to Union Park, as well as various restaurants and bars.

N Desplaines St

  • There’s plenty of metered parking on Desplaines between Wayman and Monroe.

 

West Loop Parking Meter Locations and Rate Areas

Chicago Meters Map Demo

Metered parking in the West Loop costs $2-$4 per hour. Click here for an interactive version of the map above.

Find more information about metered parking in the West Loop, like disability parking and pay station hours, here.

 

Paying for Metered Parking in the West Loop

You can pay for metered parking in the West Loop 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 and 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!

 

West Loop Residential Parking Zone

West Loop Residential

There’s minimal residential parking available in southeast and west West Loop. 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 Regulations

Snow plows clear snow almost daily to maintain West Loop’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

Soho House Chicago: This private club is where Chicago’s creative elite go to mingle and lounge. Soho House is a global organization based out of London, with 17 clubs around the world. In 2014, the Chicago location opened in the Allis Building, a historic industrial warehouse in the West Loop.

While the club itself is for members only, the first floor of the building is a public space with restaurants, bars, and a high-end spa. Sip cocktails in the lobby and try to spot someone famous headed upstairs toward the club, or enjoy a high tea in the afternoon.

Soho House offers valet service for nonmembers at $12 for up to four hours of parking.

 

Pitchfork Music Festival: Chicago summers aren’t complete without the music festivals that bring music fans of all ages to various Chicago parks and intersections. Among these festivals is Pitchfork, one of the more popular of the bunch. The three-day, annual musical event features 40 bands in the West Loop’s Union Park.

Parking near Union Park during Pitchfork can be tricky due to the large crowds and lack of lots and garages nearby. However, the festival entrance is just a few feet from the Ashland stop on the Green and Pink El lines. If you do prefer to drive, be prepared to park far away and either walk or take a cab/Uber/Lyft the rest of the way.

A couple affordable off-street parking options within walking distance of the festival include:

1355 W Fulton St Lot

406 N Aberdeen St Lot

Resources

  • CTA – Chicago’s public transportation site with parking information near city trains and buses.
  • West Loop Neighborhood Guide: Where to Eat, Drink, Park, and More – Learn about even more West Loop 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.