I am fascinated by the arcane, uncompromising, and unfathomable systems in place to regulate on-street parking in urban America. I’m embarking on a quest to learn how large cities across our wonderful country collect extraordinary sums of money from parking tickets.
Please join me in my search for answers to the simple question, “Can I park here?” First stop, the windy city of Chicago.
Where do Chicago parking regulations live?
The answer is not under a rock next to the GEICO guy.You’ll find a bountiful bushel of parking regulations in the Chicago Municipal Code, Chapter 9- 64, as follows:
9-64-010 Applicability – Exemptions.
9-64-020 Parallel parking – Obstruction of traffic.
9-64-030 Diagonal parking zones.
9-64-040 Temporary and permanent signs – Street cleaning.
9-64-041 Temporary signs – Other uses.
9-64-050 Parking restrictions – Parking for persons with disabilities.
9-64-060 Snow removal.
9-64-070 Parking on snow routes.
9-64-080 Parking restricted on certain days or hours.
9-64-085 Review of existing residential parking permit.
9-64-090 Residential parking permit.
9-64-091 Industrial permit parking.
9-64-100 Parking prohibited – Fire hydrants, firelanes and various locations.
9-64-110 Parking prohibited – Roadways, sidewalks, bridges and similar locations.
9-64-115 Parking prohibited for commercial vehicles in residential zones.
9-64-120 Parking on city property.
9-64-125 Display of wheel tax license emblem.
9-64-130 Parking in alleys.
9-64-140 Common-carrier vehicle stops and stands.
9-64-150 Parking prohibited – Fire stations, railroad crossings and hazardous locations.
9-64-160 Curb loading zones.
9-64-170 Parking restrictions – Special types of vehicles.
9-64-180 Restricted parking – Area bounded by Chicago River, Michigan Avenue and Harrison Street.
9-64-190 Parking meter zones – Regulations.
9-64-200 Parking meters – Installation and signs.
9-64-205 Parking meter rates.
9-64-206 Parking meters – Hours of operation.
9-64-207 Parking meter increments and maximum periods for parking.
9-64-210 Television news permit parking areas.
9-64-220 Parking violations – Enforcement – Prima facie responsibility designated.
9-64-230 Standing or parking violations punishable by fine.
9-64-250 Violation – Towing and storage fees.