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Parking Information:

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.

Click here to learn about disabled parking permits.  

Lake Forest is served by two Metra Rail Lines:

Daily Fee Parking in the Central Business District

For a fee of $3.00, daily parking is available in the numbered parking spaces located at Westminster,  North Shore, 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 Spaces" on the CBD Parking Map.  After parking, locate the paybox and deposit the fee in coins, bills, or a daily parking token* into the numbered slot that corresponds with the numbered parking space.  No receipt will be given.  Parking lot patrol will verify there is a fee in the pay slots that correspond with the numbered spaces where cars are parked.  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).

*Tokens can be purchased at City Hall (220 E. Deerpath) and the Municipal Services Center (800 N. Field Drive) on weekdays during regular business hours and Lake Forest Bank and Trust (except the West Drive-Thru at 911 S. Telegraph Rd). Please call Lake Forest Bank and Trust at 847-234-2882 to check hours and availability at each location. Tokens are $3 each, or a packet of 10 tokens for $25 will save you $5.

Central Business District 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 on the CBD Parking Map.  The CBD annual parking permit can also be used to park at the Fort Sheridan lot north of Elm Road. Lake Forest residents with a valid city vehicle sticker may also use the CBD permit in areas shown in yellow on the  Telegraph Road Parking Map.  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, 2015

  • Hang on rear view mirror with the other side facing the windshield.
  • 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 ANNUAL PARKING PERMIT PRICING SCHEDULE

CALENDAR MONTH RESIDENT PRICE NON-RESIDENT PRICE CBD EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT PRICE
MAY $313 $700 $180
JUNE $313 $700 $180
JULY $300 $700 $180
AUGUST $270 $630 $180
SEPTEMBER $240 $560 $160
OCTOBER $210 $490 $140
NOVEMBER $180 $420 $120
DECEMBER $150 $350 $100
JANUARY $120 $280 $80
FEBRUARY $90 $210 $60
MARCH $60 $140 $40
APRIL $30 $70 $20

Central Business District 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 on the CBD Parking Map.  A CBD monthly parking permit can also be used to park at the Fort Sheridan lot north of Old Elm Road. Lake Forest residents with a valid city vehicle sticker may use the CBD permit in areas shown in yellow on the  Telegraph Road Parking Map.  If a permit is lost or stolen, the current price for the permit will apply.

Central Business District 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 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. New pay-by-space pay stations have been installed 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 1-877-727-5004  and pay by phone. 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.  The Telegraph Road Annual parking permit fee is $700, and is valid from May 1 - April 30.  The permit is prorated throughout the year (click here for pricing).  If a permit is lost/stolen, the current price for the permit will apply.  Please note the following important information about the Telegraph Road annual parking permit:

EXPIRES APRIL 30, 2015

  • Hang on rear view mirror with the colored or imaged side facing the windshield.
  • 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 a parking permit does not guarantee you a parking space. The parking lot spaces are "first come, first served".
  • This hang tag is not valid for beach parking.

Parking Permits are available for purchase online!  Just click on: Purchase Parking Permit
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.

Parking Violations

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.

THE CITY OF LAKE FOREST
220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600

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