Parking fees help fund neighborhood parks and programs.

Easy to use "Pay & Display" multi-space parking meters are installed in the Chicago Park District's metered parking lots located along the lakefront. Following is a listing of the different Chicago lakefront lots, boat launches and the parking rates. Please refer to the "Frequently Asked Questions" section to learn more. You may also contact our customer service hotline at 877-638-3716 for any additional questions you may have.

Pay & Display Locations

  • Touhy & Sheridan Road
    (Loyola Park)***

  • Lunt East of Sheridan Road (Loyola Park)***

  • Broadway Armory**
    Broadway & Thorndale
  • Foster & Simonds lot**
  • Wilson & Lake Shore Drive**
    (North of Wilson)
  • Montrose Harbor**
    Closed for the winter season. will re-open by Memorial Day.
  • 31st St. Beach**
  • Oakwood (39th St.) &
    Lake Shore Drive**
  • Lot at 47th & Cornell**

  • 55th St. & South Shore Drive

  • Lot East of Museum of Science & Industry* **
  • Lot South of Museum of Science & Industry**
  • 63rd St. Beach
    (East of Lake Shore Drive)**
  • Hayes & Lake Shore Drive**
    (North of Hayes &
    West of Lake Shore Drive)
  • South Shore
    Cultural Center**
    (7059 S. Shore Drive)
  • Rainbow Beach**
    North of Beach
    (77th St. & Lakefront)
  • Rainbow Beach**
    South of Beach
    (78th St. & Lakefront)
  • Margate Park Field House
    (Foster & Marine Drive)
  • Northerly Island
    North Lot**
  • Waveland Parking Lot**
    (Marovitz Golf Course -
    East of Recreation Drive)
  • Diversey Harbor Driving Range**
    (adjacent to driving range)
  • Diversey Harbor South**
  • Lot North of Hayes
    and East of Cornell**

Boat Launch Locations

  • Hayes Street Boat Launch
    (South of Hayes &
    West of Lake Shore Drive)
    aka - Jackson Park Boat Launch****
  • Diversey Harbor Boat Launch****
  • Burnham Harbor Boat Launch
  • Calumet Park Boat Launch (95th St.)
  • 33rd & Western Boat Launch (aka - Richard Daley Fishing Ramp)
  • Lot West of Pratt (Loyola Park)


$1.25/Hour 9 am - 9 pm
$0.50/Hour 9 pm - 9 am
* Lot East of Museum of Science & Industry Only
$10.00 Flat rate  
***** Diversey Harbor Boat Launch Parking Only
$5.00 Flat rate - only during off-peak parking demand season (November through April)  

Margate Park Field House

Free Parking 7 am - 6 pm
$1.00/Hour 6 pm - 9 pm
$0.25/Hour 9 pm - 7 am

31st Street Beach

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**These lots are closed and locked from 11:00 pm thru 6:00 am.

***Pursuant to agreement with Ald. Joe Moore, no payment is required from 7pm to 9am. Contribution of aldermanic funds to be used for Chicago Park District capital improvements.

****Boat launching is only allowed from 5:00 am through 8:00 pm. Boat launch fee is $26.00.


Coins, cash or these credit cards.

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Rates for these locations vary and are posted at each lot.

  • Belmont Harbor North
  • Belmont Harbor South
  • Diversey Harbor South
  • Lincoln Park Conservatory
  • North Ave. Beach

Soldier Field/Museum Campus

Zoolight Parking Soldier Field Event Parking image of parking meter. New easy to use pay and display mulit-space parking meters.


What is a Pay & Display meter?

They are automated parking meters which replace the traditional single space parking meters. These automated meters service multiple parking spaces. All customers pay the meter and display the payment receipt on their vehicle's dashboard.

How do I use the meter?

The meters are very user friendly. Just look for the instructions located below the face of each meter.
  1. Press any key
  2. Input desired hours
  3. Make payment
    1. Bills, coins, or credit card
    2. Exact change required
  4. Take receipt
  5. Receipt Placement
    1. Face up on Driver's side dashboard
    2. For motorcycles, display ticket on any surface visible to an enforcement officer

What method of payment can I use?

For your convenience, all pay and display meters accept coins, bills, debit and Amex, Mastercard, Visa & Discover. However, the machines do not give change.

What if I paid for more time than I need?

Unfortunately, there are no refunds for time purchased.

Will I get a ticket while paying the meter?

No, all of the meters are within view of the parking areas, and the enforcement officers know to look for you prior to issuing a ticket.

I was issued a parking ticket while parked at a meter. Who do I contact?

Please follow the directions located on the back of the ticket. If you feel the ticket was issued in error, information about the meter history will be available to a hearing officer during the hearing.

What if I have a motorcycle?

Motorcycle riders are also required to pay the meter and display the receipt on the console under the windshield or in the seat strap, if applicable. It must be visibly displayed yet secure enough to not blow away. Other cities have not had a theft problem, however if you are ticketed, and you paid with a credit card, we can verify the transaction which will allow for the ticket to be voided.

I'm disabled. Do I need to pay for parking?

Disabled persons whose vehicle is displaying a valid disabled parking tag issued from a state agency, are not required to pay Park District multiple space pay and display devices.



Due to a new law enacted by the Illinois General Assembly, significant changes have been made to the Persons with Disabilities Parking Program and are outlined below. Enforcement of the new provisions will begin January 1, 2014.

The Secretary of State's office issues four types of parking placards:

Meter-Exempt Permanent Placards — Issued to persons with permanent disabilities who have significant impairments that cause difficulty in accessing a parking meter. This placard DOES exempt the authorized holder from parking meter fees.

Non Meter-Exempt Permanent Placards — Issued to persons with permanent disabilities who still have the ability to access the parking meter and allows the authorized holder to park in spaces for persons with disabilities such as a mall, grocery or retail store, etc. This placard DOES NOT exempt the authorized holder from parking meter fees and time limitations at parking meters.

Temporary Placards — Issued to persons with a temporary disability and are valid for the length of time indicated by the certifying physician, not to exceed six months if issued by the Secretary of State and 90 days if issued by a local municipality. This placard DOES NOT exempt the authorized holder from parking meter fees and time limitations at parking meters.

Organization Placards – Issued to organizations that transport persons with disabilities free of charge and expire on April 30, 2018. This placard DOES NOT exempt the authorized holder from parking meter fees and time limitations at parking meters.


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