Parking in Chicago is challenging year round, and it gets even more difficult in the winter. Every year on December 1 new parking restrictions are instated. There are over 107 miles of streets with a Winter Overnight Parking Ban between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. through April 1.
Ignore the ban at your own peril. The city of Chicago "vigorously enforces" the ban and your fees will be $150 for towing, $60 for the ticket, and if you can't pick up your vehicle right away there's a $20 daily storage fee.
In addition to the permanent winter parking ban, an additional 500 miles have restrictions when there are at least two inches of snow on the streets. If you're in one of those spots and there's a heavy snow, your car could be relocated and you could get a ticket.
Despite the aggravation these winter parking restrictions cause, they're in place for a good reason. Chicago traffic came to a standstill in 1967 and 1979 due to major snowstorms. By keeping streets open, the snowplows can get through and prevent this from happening again.
If you think your car has been towed, call 311 or visit cityofchicago.org.