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Parking in Highland Park

Parking Options
The City of Highland Park offers many quality locations to shop and dine in the Central Business District and the Ravinia area. The City welcomes patrons of these businesses with a variety of parking options, including on-street parking, off-street surface lots and parking garages. 

The City also provides locations with spaces set aside for employees who work in these business districts and requires employees to utilize E-permit lots to make as much storefront parking as possible available to patrons. Handicapped parking is available in all public lots. 

Parking Permits
The City of Highland Park partners with mobility software and payments company Passport Parking to offer residents and visitors a more convenient, contactless way to pay for parking. Permits are available for purchase online only through the dedicated Highland Park Passport Permit Site. 

Daily Commuter permits are also available on the Passport Parking Mobile App or at onsite payment kiosks. Permits are digital; no physical permits will be issued. 

Passport is a cashless payment system, users must have a debit or credit card when making purchases. 

Employee Parking Permits
If you are a local business owner/manager who purchases permits in bulk for your employees, please contact the Finance Department at or 847.432.0800 to set up your business permit account. The City will send a unique link to the website where permits may be purchased and managed on behalf of your business.

Parking Permit Applications

Click here to purchase your Parking Permit via Passport Parking.

The following permit types are available for purchase on the Passport website: Daily Commuter, Commuter Annual, Commuter Quarterly, Commuter Remote, Commuter Overnight, Employee Annual, Employee Quarterly, Remote Employee, Employee Underground, Student, All-night, Garage Overnight, Commercial A Permit (1671 Old Skokie), Residential Parking Permit (1770 First St), Port Clinton Overnight

Some classes of permit require additional information. Permit holders for these classes of permits will be prompted to upload the required documentation at the time of online purchase. City staff will review and approve electronically, at the time the sale is completed.

Daily Parking Permits for Train Lots

Daily Commuter parking permits for train lot parking can be purchased in the following ways:

The Passport Parking App is available for Apple and Android phone users at no cost. Usual parking rates apply.  Signage indicating the appropriate zone number to use when paying by app will be in place at all Passport App parking locations.

Parking Holidays
The following six holidays are designated as "Parking Holidays":

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Parking Ordinances and Citations
Snow Ordinance Parking Ban: There is no street parking in the City from 2 AM to 6 AM from December 1st through March 31. If special circumstances necessitate parking in a "No Parking" zone, you may call the Police Department dispatcher at 847.432.7730 to request permission. The Police Department will review a parking citation if the following circumstances apply:

  • There was a corroborated medical emergency or issue.
  • There was a corroborated mechanical issue that led to the parking citation being issued (i.e. disabled vehicle, windshield replacement, defective meter, etc).
  • The parking citation was issued in error by the officer.

All other parking citation appeals will be referred to court upon request, for proper adjudication. 

Parking citation appeals are referred to an Administrative Hearing date, which is held at the Highland Park City Hall - 1707 St. Johns Avenue, Highland Park or the Lake County Municipal Traffic Court - 301 South Greenleaf, Park City. Citizens found guilty of parking violations after an Administrative Hearing or Traffic Court may be assessed additional court fees. 

Requests for an Administrative Hearing or Traffic Court date must be submitted in writing to: City of Highland Park Police Department / Traffic Section - 1677 Old Deerfield Road, Highland Park, Illinois, 60035. Once a Hearing or Court date has been assigned, payment can no longer be accepted until the matter is adjudicated. Subsequently, the matter must be settled by the Administrative Hearing or Court system. To request a continuance, please contact Lake County Municipal Traffic Court at 847.377.3500.