Parking in Elgin

Free Parking

Parking is free in the city of Elgin. Please adhere to any posted restrictions, including temporary restrictions, seasonal regulations and temporary closures. Questions? Call 311.

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Overnight Parking

Beginning in October of 2021, a new on-street parking regulation went into effect, restricting parking from 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. within the Central Business District. This change allows the clearing of streets for public services like snow and ice removal. This does not affect public parking lots or parking decks.

Downtown Elgin

Downtown Elgin offers free parking on-street and in municipal lots.

View the Downtown Elgin Parking map.

On-Street Parking

Unless otherwise marked, all on-street parking spaces are limited to two hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Parking Lots

City-owned surface lots and parking decks offer free parking for up to 72 hours. Additional parking restrictions are posted where applicable.

Residents and visitors are permitted to park on-street overnight; however, off-street parking is encouraged to assist with street maintenance activities.

Downtown Parking Map Updated 2019

Quick Spots

More than 90 "Quick Spot" parking spaces are available on streets and in public lots for quick in-and-out errands. These spaces are limited to 30 minutes. Access a map with "Quick Spot" locations.

Odd/Even Parking

Elgin's Gifford Park Neighborhood and Southwest Neighborhood are restricted with odd/even parking. Posted signs clearly state where the odd/even restrictions are in effect.

Odd/even parking requires cars to park on the side of the street with home addresses ending in odd numbers on odd numbered days, and on the side of the street with home addresses ending in even numbers on even numbered days.

For example, if you're in an odd/even parking area and it's October 21, park on the side of the street with addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9.

The odd/even parking program is intended to assist public works in their efforts to provide the highest level of service in the areas of street sweeping, leaf pick up and snow removal.

Paying a Parking Ticket

Received a parking ticket? You have 21 days from the date of your violation to either pay the fine or contest the ticket.

Learn more about your options. Call 847-931-5630 for questions about your parking ticket violation.