Though some buildings in Chicago provide parking, that is not always the case for renters in Chicago apartments. Thus, new renters who have vehicles often find themselves in a bind when it comes to parking their car. After all, nobody wants a parking ticket, and for those who are new to Chicago, it is often difficult to determine where it’s possible to park
Chicago residents should investigate available parking before moving to a new apartment – nothing is worse than finding out your perfect apartment comes with a $300 monthly fee for a parking spot you weren’t planning on. Many of our apartments have garages you can rent a space from the building or nearby building and we include that information on each buildings’ page on the website.
The first step in figuring out your parking options is to check the residential zoned parking map for Chicago. This map illustrates where parking for residents is allowed and clarifies who needs Chicago Residential Parking Daily Permits. These are parking permits for those who resides in heavily trafficked areas – the system ensures that residents and guests of residents of a particular area get preference for street parking. This system keeps the number of vehicles in a given area to a minimum, thus keeping neighborhoods safe and ensuring residents have a place to park.
Chicago residents are advised to investigate available parking before moving to a new apartment in Chicago; nothing is worse than finding out your perfect apartment comes with a $300 monthly fee for a parking spot.
For those who reside in a Chicago apartments and need to apply for residential parking permits for Chicago street parking, doing so is easy. If you already have a vehicle parking sticker, that sticker must be brought into a parking office and surrendered. For an annual fee of $25 per year, one will be issued a residential zone permit. The permit is often more practical than opting for the daily permit option, especially for those who plan to be in Chicago long-term. Establishing residency is necessary and involves bringing documents to verify your address.
Those who are unsure of their parking options or want to learn more about Chicago parking options should download the Chicago City Clerk Street Guide. This document is downloadable for free, and it includes valuable information on obtaining city vehicle stickers, ID cards for adults and children, and contact information for city personnel who can assist with parking issues.
Essentially, parking options are available for the renter who wants either a daily permit or an annual parking pass. Establishing residency for these purposes is relatively straightforward – state-issued IDs, utility bills, or a current lease is enough to prove residency.
Alternatively, those who prefer private party parking options have the opportunity to rent parking spaces from private garages or parking lots. Depending on the location and various fees, this is sometimes less expensive (or, at the very least, more reliable) than street parking in the city.