Living in historic Oak Park in a vintage apartment has many advantages – cool community, historic vibe, stunning architecture, vibrant city feel without some of the big city frustrations like parking.
Yes, many complain about the parking rules and regulations in Oak Park but in reality the parking here is so much easier and less expensive then if you lived in Chicago. And Oak Park is always trying to figure out ways to improve the situation. Recently the Village held several forums to discuss and collect resident input on ways to simplify and improve parking throughout the community.
Presently these are Oak Park’s parking guidelines and restrictions:
Parking is prohibited on all streets from 2:30 to 6 a.m., seven days per week, year around, except when allowed by permit or pass.
Vehicles bearing permits are allowed to park on the street overnight in designated multifamily housing areas, except in front of churches, schools and parks and on blocks where housing is more than 50 percent single family.
In areas of Oak Park not zoned for multi-unit buildings or designated as permit areas, the overnight parking ban remains fully in effect.
Other parking restrictions are determined by location within the Village, length of parking time and even weather. For example, daytime restrictions include the following:
- No parking 8 – 10 a.m., Monday – Friday
- Two-hour parking 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
- No Parking 8 – 10 a.m., Tuesday for Street Cleaning
- Resident Permit Parking Only
- Student/staff permit parking only
At many of Oak Park Apartments properties parking is readily available for and additional fee – either through building owned and regulated parking, village owned and operated lots, spaces privately rented by neighborhood homeowners or in village designated on-street permit parking zones.
What do you do if you have an overnight visitor who has a car?
The Village of Oak Park will issue 3 free parking passes per year with an additional 7 passes for a fee for cars needing to park overnight on the street. Residents must notify the Village every night if an overnight parking pass is needed. This can be done by going online, downloading and using the Village parking app or calling in the vehicle at 708-716-0716. You will need to know and report the make, model and license plate of the vehicle that will be overnight on the street.