Chicago Parking Guide
Chicago, the Windy City is the biggest metropolitan center in the Midwestern United States. It can get crowded at times, but with Parkopedia, parking is a breeze!
It is often challenging to find a parking space in Chicago. As with any major city, parking in Chicago follows the rule of "the further from downtown, the cheaper it gets."
All Chicago parking meters accept credit and debit cards alongside coins.
Another convenient method of paying for on-street parking is to use the ParkChicago app – this app will also allow you to extend your time remotely, meaning that you no longer need to run back and forth to the meter to feed it
Most Popular Locations in Chicago
O'Hare International Airport
If you are departing from O'Hare International Airports, you have many parking options to choose from. For domestic flights, you can park at the Main Garage (Lot A) or Lots B & C. Park at Lot D if you're flying internationally or at one of the Economy lots (E, F, G) for long-term parking.If you're short on time, Valet parking is available at Lot A.
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Soldier Field is the oldest NFL stadium and is home to the Chicago Bears. It is largely used for sporting events, but also for concerts and races. Daily rates are between $19 and $22 and they are higher on special events. All facilities have accessible parking spaces and additional spots are provided in the East Museum surface lot between 8am - 3pm
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Chicago Midway International Airport
Midway International Airport has parking options suitable for short-term stay - Main Garage (at $2/30 min up to $60/day) and long-term stay - Blue, Red and Yellow Economy lots ($2/hour up to $15/day). You can drop passengers off at the front curb of any concourse and if you're meeting someone, there's free parking in the Cell Phone Lot.
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Chicago Union Station
Chicago Union Station is the fourth busiest station in US. Parking is not only difficult to find here, it is also a bit pricey: on-street meters charge $4 per hour but are free of charge from 9pm to 8am. Parking lots and garages charge on average $6 for a 30 minute stay. Walk 2 or 3 blocks away and parking gets considerably cheaper.
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The Loop represents the centre of Chicago and hosts numerous must-visit places including the Skyline, the Historic Michigan Boulevard District and City Hall. It's also the second busiest district in the US. Altogether, these make the Loop an expensive neighborhood to drive and park - $9 for only 20 minutes! On-street parking may seem like a good deal at $6.50/hr; it's imited to only 2 hrs, so be punctual!
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The Lincoln Park neighborhood is home to DePaul University, Lincoln Park Zoo, the Steppenwolf theatres, the Chicago History Museum and North Avenue Beach. Parking here is mostly concentrated around the sights of interest and varies from $5 to $14 per hour. On-street parking is often for residents only, so always double check street signs!
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Hyde Park is famous for its historic sites, the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago. There is plenty of free on-street parking in this neighborhood, except if you're looking for parking at the Museum of Science, head straight to the pay lots and don't waste time trying to find an on-street spot. Also, the hospital lots are the best place to park at while visiting the University of Chicago.
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The authentic looking Chinatown in Chicago attracts hundreds of daily Chinese, local and tourist visitors. It's a popular place to eat, shop for knick·knacks and wander around Chinatown square. If you're driving, it will be easy to find parking as there are many metered spots and cheap lots. But remember not to go there on game days, as rates increase and the chances of finding a parking spot quickly decrease.
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The tanks at Shedd's Aquarium, with a total volume of 5,000,000 US gallons, are home to over 32.500 fish and make the Aquarium one of the most popular attractions in Chicago year after year. Visitors can park at the Museum Campus parking lots; with rates starting at $19 for 4hrs on Solidarity Drive ($2/hour daily from 8am to 9pm). Valet parking is available at $26 per vehicle.
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Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo is a must-visit Chicago attraction. It is home to 1,100 animals from 200 species, hosts regular exhibits and is one of the few US zoos offering free admission! Parking is available for $6-$12 per hour at public lots or $2/hour at metered spots.
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Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot-long pier and the number one attraction in Chicago! Originally built as a cargo facility, it's now used entirely for entertainement, including parks, gardens, restaurants, shops, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Ferris wheel. Parking is available at one of the Navy Pier garages for a flat $22 rate, or further away at metered spots for $4/hour.
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Park Hyatt Chicago
The Park Hyatt Chicago is a luxury hotel in downtown Chicago. It is steps away from the Historic Water Tower Square, Michigan Avenue and Michigan Lake and you should try and get a window overlooking one of these. The hotel offers valet parking at $69 per day (including in and out privileges) and $27 for event validated hours.
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The Hilton Chicago is blocks away from many of Chicago's attractions - the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium, the Soldier Field, Grant Park and Chicago's Lakefront. It provides a parking garage for $55/day for self-parking or $69/day for valet. Public lots around the hotel offer considerably cheaper parking, starting at $25/day.
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Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
The Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers is situated right in the heart of the famous magnificent mile shopping area and is walking distance from the Navy Pier and Millenium Park. It offers valet parking at $61/day and self-parking $46/day, both with in and out privileges. Hourly parking at other public locations ranges between $14 and $27.
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Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile is situated right in the heart of the famous mag mile shopping area and is walking distance from the Navy Pier and Millenium Park. It offers valet parking at $61/day and self-parking $46/day, both with in and out privileges. Hourly parking at other public locations ranges between $14 and $27.
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Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
The Four Seasons Hotel (rooms located on the 30th to 46th floor ) offers fantastic views over Chicago's skyline and Lake Michigan. It is conveniently located, minutes away from the Magnificent Mile and Chicago's financial centre. There's valet parking available at the hotel for $75/day or public parking a little further away starting at $45/day.
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Girl & the Goat
Girl and the Goat opened in 2010 and offers an extensive menu for everyone's taste; as well as creating a greatdining atmosphere. We reccomend reserving well in advance and taking advantage of the convenient valet parking at the restaurant for $12 per stay.
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You have probably seen the Blackbird Restaurant being recommended on many "Where to eat in Chicago" lists and it's certainly lives up to its reputation. The venue has an elegant decor and is praised for its delicious dishes. There's metered street parking available in the area and valet parking ($7 at lunch time and $12 at dinner time).
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The The Everest Restaurant is located on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange builfing. The restaurant serves top-notch food, has great service and offers stunning city views. There's plenty of on-street parking in neighboring streets, but it's limited to 2 hours only. Public lots charge around $17 per hour and valet parking is also available.
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The Chicago Theater is as grand today as when it first opened in 1921. It has preserved the grand elegant lobby, staircases and the beautiful murals above the stage and on the ceiling. It regulalry hosts the most prestigious and popular productions and is a must-visit venue while in Chicago. Parking in the area ranges from $12 to $24 per hour.
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Field Museum of Natural History
The Field Museum of Natural History is one of the largest of its kind in the world! It hosts diverse permanent and temporary exhibitions that attract up to 2 million visitors each year! If you're visiting the museum you can park at any of the Museum Campus parking lots. All of them have accessible parking and rates start at $19 for 4 hours.
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Wrigley Field is the home arena for the Chicago Cubs but also hostsboth football and baseball games. Currently it has a 40,929 seating capacity, making it the 10th smallest actively used baseball field in the US. Parking around Wrigley Field is usually around $30 per event and tough to find. On Cubs games there are shuttles going betwwen the stadium and DeVry University campus.
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The UIC Pavilion is a 9,500-seat arena located at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It is home to the UIC Flames basketball team and the Windy City Rollers and is used mainly for sporting events and concerts. Parking for the UIC Pavilion is provided at UIC East Campus lots and garages. Rates start at $4.50/30 mins to a maximum of $13.
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Welsh-Ryan Arena is home to the Northwestern University Wildcats basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams and has a 8,117-seat capacity. Parking at the Welsh-Ryan Arena is available in both the east and west parking lots adjacent to it. Parking rates vary depending on the event.
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Columbia College Chicago was founded in 1890 and specializes in the Arts. It is located in the South Loop and has a non traditional campus: the buildings that are part of the campus now were bought one by one as the school expanded and weren't meant originally to bee a part of university campus! There's 2-hour on-street parking around the campus and many public lots nearby have $10-$15 daytime rates.
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Northwestern University was founded in 1851 and is home to twelve schools and college. The university has campuses in Chciago, Evanston, Qatar and Doha. Northwestern's Chicago campus is home to the med school, the law school and the part-time MBA program. Hourly parking is $4 for metered parking, limited to 2 hours and between $18 - $27 at public lots and garages.
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University of Illinois at Chicago
The University of Illinois at Chicago is a major research university and the largest university in the Chicago area. It started with several health-based colleges and now operates the largest medical school in the US. Visitor parking is ofered at several lots starting at $4.50 per 30 min to a daily maximum of $13.
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The City of Chicago issues over 2.4 million parking tickets every year.
To check if you were issued a ticket, use the search tool from the City of Chicago. After entering the required information to identify if you have been issued a ticket, you'll be given directions on how to pay the ticket online.
If you cannot pay online, you can send a check or money order to City of Chicago Dept. of Finance, P.O. Box 6289, Chicago IL 60680-6289. Alternatively, visit one of the payment locations. You must also come in person to one of these locations if you wish to pay booting, towwing or storage fees as these can't be paid online.
You can contest the ticket within 7 days after it was issued. After that you'll be given 14 days to request a hearing. If you didn't take any action during this period you will no longer be able to contest the ticket.
If you need more time to pay your ticket, take a look at the payment plans offered by the City of Chicago. But, be careful,