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Chicago’s Winter Parking Ban Is Back Snatching Up 200+ Cars This Morning

Chicago’s winter parking ban took effect early this morning resulting in many unhappy residents after they discovered their vehicles were among the 232 cars towed overnight.

The City of Chicago and the Department of Streets and Sanitation start the parking restrictions on the first of each December. They continue towing vehicles nightly through April 1. If your car is unfortunate enough to be parked on a street affected by the parking ban between 3 a.m and 7 a.m. (snow or not), you will be towed.

About 170 miles of what Chicago declares as vital arterial streets are affected by the ban. Its purpose is to allow snowplows to clear the roads after a snowfall. Chicago also utilizes a separate parking ban that is enforced 365 days a year along nearly 500 miles of additional city streets when there is at least two inches of snow on the ground.

If your car is towed in Edgewater or Andersonville, it will likely be taken to Pound 6 at 701 N. Sacramento or Pound 2 at 10301 S. Dotty Ave. The City is also offering a website where people can locate vehicles easily at http://webapps1.chicago.gov/vehicleSearch/.

Last year thousands of vehicles were towed during the 2019-2020 overnight parking ban. Those car owners whose vehicles are hauled away will face a minimum $150 towing fee. They will also receive a $60 ticket and a storage fee which has increased to $25 per day. In addition, the city can sell your vehicle if the owner does not pay the fees.

The local Edgewater and Andersonville streets with overnight parking bans are:

• Devon Ave (Broadway to Clark)
• Clark St (Devon to Howard)
• Foster Ave (Clark to 5430 West)

For a complete map of streets included in the ban, Click Here.

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