Every Chicago resident who owns or drives a car, truck, motorcycle, or scooter in the city is responsible for purchasing a Chicago Vehicle Sticker. There are additional stickers required for pickup trucks and vehicles parking in a designated Residential Parking Zone.
Anybody driving or parking a motor vehicle in the city of Chicago is responsible for paying the Chicago Wheel Tax, and must purchase a Vehicle Sticker.
The cost of your sticker varies based on vehicle type, and must be purchased regardless of whether the vehicle is registered in Chicago. There is a 30-day grace period to display the sticker when moving into the city or purchasing a new car, and you can transfer the sticker from your old car to the new.
City Stickers may be purchased:
- online from the City Clerk’s website
- at local neighborhood retailers, like currency exchanges
- from the Office of the City Clerk (Downtown: 121 N. LaSalle, Room 109; satellite office at 5430 W Gale)
For complete details, including information about senior discounts, please visit the Chicago City Clerk’s Office website.
A small section of the 49th Ward is covered by a residential parking zone, which is designed to limit street parking at specified times to people living in the immediate area only. Zone 56 is the only residential parking zone in the ward.
For more information about residential zone parking, or to see if your address is included in the zone, please visit the Office of the City Clerk’s website.
The following map shows the streets in the 49th Ward covered by Zone 56. Please note that time restrictions vary from street to street, so please check signs carefully!
Adding Zone 56 Parking to your City Sticker
As of 2014, Residential Zone Parking is included in your regular Vehicle Sticker, and is no longer a separate sticker. You are eligible to add the zone to your City sticker a) if you live on a street with Zone 56 signs posted, or b) if you live in the 2-block radius “buffer area.” If you live in the buffer area, you will need to bring a letter of exemption from our office to the City Clerk before purchasing your sticker.
There is an additional cost of $25 for Zone 56 parking.
Zone 56 Guest Passes
Residents living both within Zone 56 and the buffer area may purchase guest parking passes, which allow a vehicle without Zone 56 to park in the residential zone for a 24-hour period. You are not required to own a car to be able to purchase guest passes.
These passes are sold only by the City Clerk’s office, and cannot be purchased at Ald. Moore’s office. Each house or unit is allowed to purchase up to 30 passes per month; passes are sold in booklets of 15, and cost $8.
Letters of Exemption for Buffer Area Residents
If you live within 2 blocks of Zone 56, you are entitled to add the zone to your City sticker and/or purchase guest passes. As of 2016, those living in this area should automatically receive the ability to add zoned parking to their vehicle sticker. If the City Clerk’s office requests you provide a letter of exemption, please contact the Alderman’s office.
Letters of exemption are easy for our office to prepare, and can be ready while you wait. If you are adding the zone parking to your vehicle sticker, we will need the license plate and make/model of your car.
Even as many people are transitioning to a carless lifestyle, finding street parking can be difficult in Rogers Park. Some may choose to rent private parking spots from individual building owners. Here are some other options in the neighborhood.
- Privately-operated commercial parking garages offer hourly, daily, and monthly rates:
The Morgan on Sheridan (1210 W. Arthur)
7331 N Sheridan Self-Park (Sheridan & Sherwin)
Gateway Parking Garage (7474 N. Rogers)
- Some Chicago Park District facilities offer overnight parking options:
Loyola Park (Lunt/Greenleaf and the lake)- meters are free overnight
Pottawattomie Park (7340 N. Rogers)- overnight passes may be available to purchase, contact the Pottawattomie Park field house for more information
- Some Chicago Public Schools facilities offer overnight parking:
New Field Elementary (1680 W. Farwell)
Commercial vehicles are not permitted to park on residential streets in the 49th Ward unless they are actively doing work at an address and displaying a Contractor Parking Placard (see below).
**NEW! As of May 18, 2016, non-commercial lightweight pickup trucks (under 8,000 lbs) displaying a valid City vehicle sticker may park on residential streets without any additional permit.**
For more information about the elimination of the Residential Truck Permit, please visit the Office of the City Clerk’s website.
The 49th Ward does not permit commercial vehicles, like taxi cabs or company trucks to park on residential streets.
Trucks emblazoned with a business’ logo are not eligible to receive the Residential Truck Parking Permit, and thus cannot park on residential streets overnight. However, they may display a Contractor Parking Placard in order to legally park on a residential street when actively making deliveries or completing work.