Vehicle and Parking Information

Chicago Vehicle Sticker

All Chicago residents driving and/or parking a vehicle for which they are responsible in the City of Chicago are subject to the Chicago Wheel Tax and must purchase a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker. This includes Chicago residents that maintain their registration outside of the City of Chicago, but use the vehicle in the City. We want motorists to avoid costly tickets: You must purchase a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker within 30 days of moving to the City to avoid late fees and fines.

For more detailed information please visit: Chicago City Vehicle Sticker Website


Residential Zone Parking

Chicago residents living within an established Residential Parking Zone may be eligible to include a Zone Number on their City Sticker, and/or purchase Chicago Residential Parking Daily Permits, which are guest passes that are valid for 24 hours upon the date and time of display. By law, the date and time must be printed in ink, and the Daily Permit must be displayed in the lower passenger corner of the windshield.

For more detailed information please visit: Zone Parking Permit Website.

Zone Parking Map and Street Guide

Residential Zone Parking limits parking on designated streets in densely-populated or highly-trafficked areas to Chicago residents and their guests only, for either all times or for certain days/hours.

Vehicles parked in a Residential Parking Zone during applicable days/hours must display a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker with Residential Zone Parking or a Chicago Residential Parking Daily Permit. The Zone number on either the Chicago City Vehicle Sticker or the Daily Residential Parking Permit must match the Residential Parking Zone permit number posted on the street signs.

The Residential Zone Parking Map was created in partnership with the Smart Chicago Collaborative and is an open source of data for you, as well as technology developers, utilizing the City of Chicago’s Data Portal. Please be advised that the Ward/Zone Lookup App is directly managed by the Office of the City Clerk and provides the most reliable zone record data.


Pickup Trucks Commercial Vehicles

Per Chapters 9-64 and 9-68 of the Municipal Code of Chicago, there are special parking restrictions that apply to certain types of vehicles and certain areas.

City of Chicago’s Office fo the City Clerk Pickup Trucks & Commercial Vehicles website

Commercial and Non-Commercial Residential Truck Parking

In an effort to update an outdated section of Chicago’s parking restrictions which adversely affects small, non-commercial pick-up truck owners and their ability to park on business and residential streets in the City, Section 9-64-170 of the Municipal Code has been revised to insure that non-commercial pick-up trucks weighing less than 8,000 pounds may park in the City of Chicago – provided certain conditions are met:

  • If the non-commercial pick-up truck is owned by a City Resident and has a current and valid City Sticker, the owner may park the vehicle on a Residential or Business street.
  • If the non-commercial pick-up truck is owned by a Non-Chicago resident, (e.g. a visitor from the suburbs) and does not have a current and valid City Sticker, the owner may park the vehicle on a Business street.

Commercial pick-up trucks, junk vehicles, and any pick-up truck weighing more than 8,000 pounds are still prohibited from parking on ANY residential and business streets.

Contractor Parking Placard

Section 9-64-170(a)(3) and (b)(3) of the Municipal Code of Chicago allows a contractor who is actually engaged in delivery, service or repair work at a particular address for a particular customer to park their vehicle within a reasonable distance of the address where such work is being performed if:

  • The vehicle is emblazoned with the business name and business license number of its owner; and
  • The customer’s address is clearly displayed on the vehicle’s dashboard; and
  • The vehicle is lawfully parked in accordance with the general parking requirements of this Code.

Parking is permitted only while such work is actually being performed and at no other time. If a service vehicle permit is required under Section 9-68-060, such permit must be obtained.

New for 2021

As we enter 2021, the 40th Ward office is pleased to offer the following opportunities for residential parking improvements in the Ward. These are all suggestions based on residential feedback, Department of Transportation or Department of Finance (Parking Enforcement) maps, and the requirements of the City Code.

We encourage neighbors to provide feedback on any of the measures below that would impact their lives in the Ward! Some suggestions are local, while others are Ward-wide.

At present, all of these are only suggestions under consideration, open for comment — no legislation or administrative measures have been introduced that would move these forward. Please use the links attached to each section to provide feedback where you wish!

We will leave all comment forms open through the end of January and evaluate neighbor feedback before proceeding to next-steps with any of these proposals.

Parking Zone Consolidation Recommendations

The 40th Ward currently contains over twenty unique Residential Zone Parking (RZP) zones. Some cover many blocks, while others are only one block long.

In areas where multiple small, separately-designated parking zones sit in close proximity, parking can be extremely difficult, with some residents restricted to only their block or one adjacent block, and prohibited from other nearby blocks that have different parking zones.

New parking zones must be established by the petition and review process detailed in MCC 9-64-090 — the Ward office does not have the ability to unilaterally expand or alter parking zone boundaries.

Existing zones, however, can be modified or combined into a single shared zone number by legislation — this would not alter the boundaries of zoned vs. non-zoned parking, but would allow larger areas to share a zone designation, giving residents several blocks of nearby parking within their zone.

Currently the Ward office recommends consolidation of the following zones into single zones:

In cases where the adjacent zones have differing time restrictions, we recommend combining to the restrictions of the most-restrictive zone, i.e., the one with the longest daily window of parking restrictions.

Wheels-Up Curb Parking on California South of Carmen

The City Code allows “wheels-up” parking — meaning that two wheels can legally hop the curb and rest on the parkway — in designated sections of street. This is most commonly enacted on narrow streets with low curbs where wheels-up parking has been historically common. In the absence of specific legislation, wheels-up parking is technically illegal and can result in a ticket.

California Avenue from Carmen to the first alley north of Lawrence is an unusually narrow two-way street with parking on both sides, and drivers for many years have parked wheels-up on the parkway. Ticketing is not frequent, but to avoid any possibility of ticketing in the future, legislation could be introduced to formalize the practice.

Click here to provide feedback on legalized wheels-up parking on California Avenue

Residential Zoned Parking – Letters of Exception

Under Chicago’s Residential Zone Parking (RZP) law, Ward offices have the ability to issue “letters of exception” to residents who live near a RZP zone, but whose address does not fall within the specific address range of the zone. The Letter of Exception allows those residents to purchase zoned parking stickers from the City Clerk. This is intended to provide a solution for corner buildings with address that fall outside of the zone but physical footprints that fall within it, etc.

To ensure that RZP zones are available only to the immediately affected residents, the 40th Ward office recommends providing Letters of Exception only to residents at addresses immediately adjacent existing zones. Under this policy, eligible addresses would be required to be:

  • Directly adjacent to the edge or terminating intersection of a Residential Zoned Parking zone. Buildings more than two street addresses away from the terminating street or intersection, or separated from the terminating street or intersection by another physical building, are not eligible.
  • Fully residential or single-family. Multiunit dwellings on business/commercial streets are not eligible.
  • Exceptions to the above: Ward residents who live within one block of Residential Zoned Parking are eligible for a Letter of Exception if they meet any of the following criteria:
    • over 65 years of age
    • holder of a state disabled parking placard
    • licensed home care provider of a resident within the zone

Please note that the above applies to Letter of Exception eligibility only. Residents who are not eligible for a letter of exception, but who reside on residential streets, are encouraged to use the Residential Zoned Parking petition process to add zoned parking to their block, if desired. RZP zones are only available on residential streets — residents on business/commercial streets are not eligible for letters of exception and cannot petition for zoned parking.

Click here to provide feedback on the proposed eligibility requirements for Letters of Exception.

 


TAXICAB PARKING PERMITS (NEW AS OF 8/1/2020)

The 40th Ward has expanded the parking options to allow for taxicabs displaying a special parking permit to park on a residential street adjacent to the owner’s residence. 

Residential Zone Parking restrictions still apply. 

In order to acquire a Residential Taxi Permit, applicants must email info@40thward.org, subject Line “Residential Taxi Permit.”

Please include a photo or scan of the following items:

  • Driver’s License 
  • Proof of Address (utility bill/lease/etc)
  • Taxi Chauffeur License 

Applicants will receive an email confirmation within 1-3 days. Upon approval, permits will be sent to the applicant by mail. If you are unable to apply over email, please call (773) 654-1867 for assistance.

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