Chicago's overnight winter parking ban begins 3 a.m. Wednesday

Overnight winter parking ban begins 3 a.m. Wednesday
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago drivers, take note: before you park your car Tuesday night, remember the city’s winter parking ban takes effect early Wednesday morning.

"Please double check all posted signage before you park to avoid being ticketed and towed," said Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Cole Stallard.

Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Cole Stallard is reminding city drivers that with December comes the annual parking ban.

"Parking will be restricted on 107 miles of the city's main roadways and between the hours of 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. regardless of snow," he said.

Chicago’s annual overnight winter parking ban begins at 3 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 and runs through April 1.

The ban always catches some drivers off guard. The Department of Streets and Sanitation said 232 vehicles were towed last year on the first night of the ban.

A complete map of impacted streets can be found on the city’s website.

Violators face a minimum fine of $235 that includes a $150 towing fee, $60 ticket and $25-per-day storage fee. Towed vehicles are taken to pounds at 10301 S. Doty Ave. or 701 N. Sacramento Blvd.

A separate, snow-related parking ban is in effect on 500 miles of other city streets – based on snowfalls of two inches or more regardless of time or day.

"The city implements this ban to help ensure the roads are safe and passable for motorists, buses, and emergency vehicles," Stallard said.

The bans were implemented after major snowstorms in 1967 and 1979. The city says the parking ban ensures that plows can quickly respond to snow on major roads.