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Winter parking ban begins Tuesday; violators to be towed, hit with $235 in fines

Nearly 250 vehicles were towed on the first night of the ban last year. 

The overnight winter parking ban takes effect early Tuesday.
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Chicago’s winter weather may be unpredictable, but some things never change.

The city’s annual overnight winter parking ban begins 3 a.m. Tuesday on more than 100 miles of city streets — threatening drivers with towing and a minimum fine of $235.

The parking ban is enforced regardless of snow from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m., and lasts from Dec. 1 to April 1, according to the Department of Streets and Sanitation.

Last year, nearly 250 forgetful drivers had their vehicles towed on the first night of the ban.

Violators can face a minimum $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 exists on 500 miles of other roads when 2 inches of snow falls — regardless of the season.

The bans were implemented after traffic came to a standstill during major snowstorms in 1967 and 1979. The city says the parking ban on “critical roadways” ensures that plows and salt trucks can quickly respond to winter storms.

The city said drivers can avoid violations by checking street signage. A complete map of impacted streets can be found on the city’s website.