- Chicago City Parking Guide
Chicago is one of the best cities to have memorable site seeing, world class dining, enjoy water adventures and more. But if there's one thing you want to ensure you stay in the know about, it's knowing where you're going and what to look out for before you hop in the car and go.
Considerations Before You Park:
The city of Chicago is notorious for issuing parking tickets. There in fact are three organizations that are allowed to ticket vehicles parked publicly in Chicago, IL.
TMA – traffic management authority personnel are employed by the city, provided badges, and are authorized to issue tickets for anyone in violation of any parking related issue. They CANNOT issue a moving violation or red light ticket. They are also in charge of regulating adherence to rules for taxis and city vehicles as well. Needless to say, they are not everyone’s favorite.
CPD – the Chicago police department can issue a ticket for any breach of traffic regulation that applies. Moving violation, illegal parking, expired registration, you name it. However, if you are on an Illinois express way, they cannot issue you a moving violation. They can only hold you until the Illinois State Police arrive, who will then issue you a fine commensurate with your offense.
Parking Meter Contracted Company – a private parking company contracted to manage and operate the meters. The City of Chicago’s contract allows the operator to designate a private enforcement group in order to collect on meter violations.
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