The City of Lake Forest requires payment of a $3.00 daily fee or display of a parking permit hang tag to park in one of the Central Business District (CBD) city owned lots or Metra train station parking lots. Please refer to the CBD Parking Map or the Telegraph Road Parking Map to view the various parking lots. See further information about daily fee and permit parking below. A parking permit does not include the Forest Park Beach parking lots. Parking permits may be purchased online or at the Municipal Services Building, 800 N. Field Drive, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Questions regarding parking permits can be directed to the finance department 847.810.3622.
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Lake Forest is served by two Metra Rail Lines:
Daily Fee Parking in the Central Business District
Daily parking is available in the numbered parking spaces located at Westminster, McKinley, and Oakwood* parking lots in the central business district near the Lake Forest Metra train station (Union Pacific/North Line - Ogilvie Transportation Center to Kenosha). Please see the "Daily Fee" areas on the CBD Parking Map. After parking in either the Westminster or McKinley lots, note your space number and locate the pay station for that lot. To pay for parking, enter your space number, the zone number "852", and insert your payment ($3.00 cash, or $3.25 with credit or debit card). Please take your receipt and retain for your records. No change or refunds will be given. Daily fee parking can also be paid by phone at 877.727.5004, or by the ParkMobile Phone Application (click here for a detailed brochure). The ParkMobile App requires a one-time entry of credit card information. After registering a credit card, payment is made by simply entering your space number and the Zone number "852". The fee that will be charged when paying by phone or using the App will be $3.62. The App allows users to avoid having to physically make payment at the pay station. Parking lot patrol will verify there is a fee paid for the occupied spaces by using a program that is connected with the pay station, so be sure to enter the correct space number. Parking is enforced Monday - Saturday, 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.. Parking is not allowed from 3:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. in these daily fee parking spaces, unless permission is obtained from the police (non emergency 847.234.2601).
*The Oakwood parking lot will not have an electronic pay station in place, so payment of parking must be made by placing $3 in bills or coins into the pay slot that corresponds with the space number. Please note: daily parking tokens are no longer accepted as payment for daily fee parking. Unused tokens can be returned to the Finance Department at the Municipal Services Building for refund (800 N Field Dr, 8:00am - 4:30pm, Mon-Fri).
Central Business District "CBD" Annual Parking Permits
Annual CBD parking permit hang tags are valid from May 1 through April 30. The yearly fee for a resident is $313, non-resident fee is $700, and CBD Employee fee is $180. The CBD parking permit may be used in any "All Day Permit Required" areas indicated in pink, or "Overnight Parking Area" indicated in yellow, and in the "Daily Fee or All Day" areas in orange/black on the CBD Parking Map. The CBD annual parking permit can also be used to park at the Telegraph Road Metra Station and at Fort Sheridan lot north of Elm Road. The CBD annual parking permit is prorated throughout the year (see schedule below). If permit is lost/stolen, the current price for the permit will apply. Please note the following important information about the CBD annual parking permit:
EXPIRES APRIL 30, 2016
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There is no replacement fee for the hang tag. If this tag is lost or stolen, you will have to pay the current price for a replacement.
The tag is only valid for the time period on the tag. There is no grace period.
Purchase of this hang tag does not guarantee you a parking space. The parking lot spaces will be filled on a first come basis.
The hang tag is valid in the City-owned permit required lots in the CBD, Telegraph Road, and Ft. Sheridan.
This hang tag is not valid for beach parking.
Central Business District "CBD" ANNUAL PARKING PERMIT PRICING SCHEDULE
Central Business District "CBD" Monthly Parking Permits
CBD parking permits are also available on a monthly basis. The monthly resident fee is $30, non-resident fee is $60, and CBD Employee fee is $20. A CBD monthly permit is valid for a calendar month. A monthly permit must be purchased each month. The following month is available for purchase on the 17th day of each month. Several months cannot be purchased in advance. The CBD parking permit may be used in any "All Day Permit Required" areas indicated in pink, or "Overnight Area" indicated in yellow, and in the "Daily Fee or All Day" areas in orange/black on the CBD Parking Map. A CBD monthly parking permit can also be used to park the Telegraph Road Metra Station and at the Fort Sheridan lot north of Old Elm Road. If a permit is lost or stolen, the current price for the permit will apply.
Central Business District "CBD" Employee Parking Permits
A reduced rate for annual or monthly CBD parking permits is available to employees in the Central Business District. To obtain the reduced rate, the business must first be registered with the Finance Department, and the parking permit(s) must be ordered online with the User ID and PIN provided by the Finance Department, or paid for with a company or business check from the CBD business when purchased at Municipal Services. The fee is $20 per calendar month or $180 per year. The price for the annual permit is prorated throughout the year (see schedule "EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT PRICE" above). If permit is lost/stolen, the current price for the permit will apply. To register your CBD business, or for more information, please call The Finance Department 847.810.3622 or email the finance department.
Telegraph Road Metra Train Station Lot Parking
Daily fee and CBD Annual or monthly permit parking is available at the Telegraph Road Metra train station off Waukegan and Everett (Milwaukee District/North Line - Union Station to Fox Lake). Daily fee parking is $3.00. Pay-by-space pay stations are located on the east side of the depot. Pay stations allow daily commuters the convenience of paying by credit card or currency (no coins or tokens). Commuters may also pay using a mobile application on their smart phone or mobile device, or may call PARKMOBILE at 877.727.5004 and pay by phone. Please note, overnight and/or long-term parking must be paid by phone or online. When parking is paid for at the pay station on the train platform, the parking is paid for only up to midnight. A brochure explaining the payment options and how to use them is available at the depot or click here for a downloadable copy. Overnight parking is permitted in Lot A in designated overnight spaces only. No parking is permitted between 3:00am. - 5:00am in Lots B and C.
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Please note: Parking permits will arrive via US Mail in 3-5 days from purchase. At the completion of your purchase, a temporary parking permit can be printed and displayed to allow for the processing time when applicable.
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Annual CBD and monthly CBD parking permits are available for purchase online or at the Municipal Services Building, 800 N. Field Drive, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
If you want to dispute a violation that you have received, you should take it to the Public Safety Building, 255 W. Deerpath, and speak with an officer. Parking violations and animal violations should be paid at the Public Safety Building. The hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.