Reporting Bob Roberts
CHICAGO (WBBM) - If you live along one of the thoroughfares that is subject to Chicago’s wintertime overnight parking ban, make sure the car is off the street when you go to sleep.
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It takes effect Tuesday night, and Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Tom Byrne says there is no excuse for parking your car on a winter parking ban street. Each of the streets is clearly marked.
“Permanent signs warn that cars parked on these 107 miles of critical arterial streets will be ticketed and towed between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. regardless of snow,” he said.
The base ticket is $50; towing racks up a minimum $160 fee, with a daily $10 increase in the storage fee.
Last year, city trucks towed 234 cars the first night and 164 cars the second night.
Some of the more prominent streets covered by the ban are Archer Avenue, Milwaukee Avenue, Garfield Boulevard, Madison Street, Division Street, 79th Street and 103rd Street.
Parking is barred on portions of a number of other thoroughfares:
- Cottage Grove Avenue between 103rd Street and Midway Plaisance;
- Kedzie Avenue between 87th Street and North Avenue;
- 106th Street between Torrence Avenue and the state line;
- Midway Plaisance between Cottage Grove and Dorchester Avenues;
- Payne Drive between Midway Place and Morgan Drive;
- King Drive between Garfield Boulevard and Cermak Road;
- Cermak Road between King Drive and State Street;
- State Street between Cermak Road and Congress Parkway;
- Central Avenue between Harrison Street and Bryn Mawr Avenue;
- Kedzie Avenue between Bryn Mawr Avenue and Irving Park Road and between Moffat Street and Milwaukee Avenue;
- Foster Avenue between Clark Street and the Kennedy Expressway;
- Clark Street between Devon Avenue and Howard Street;
- Cannon Drive (west side only) between Fullerton and Diversey Parkways; and
- Devon Avenue between Morgan Street and Ellsworth Road.
Parking can be barred on an additional 500 miles of main city streets any time more than two inches of snow falls, but the city is lax about enforcing that portion of the ban. Cars parked in violation of that ban are generally ticketed and relocated to a nearby street.