Driving and Parking

PARKING OPTIONS

The Campus North parking garage on Ellis and 55th.

Parking Permits

Cars parked in the Ellis Parking Garage on the University of Chicago campus.

Visitor Parking

A sign for parking on the UChicago campus

Parking Regulations and Citations

Driving Options

The University provides a variety of transportation and parking options to students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus. Members of the UChicago community have access to several programs that offer free or discounted rides, parking, and rental vehicles.

CAMPUS PARKING

View the map below to find some of the parking locations across campus.

    • Campus North Parking (Ellis)

      5505 S Ellis Ave

    • Kimbark South Parking

      Opens January 2023

    • Young Parking Lot

      5555 S Ellis Ave

    • Wells Parking Lot

      6000 S Drexel Ave

    • Law School Parking Lot

      1111 E 60th St

    • McGiffert Lot

      5751 S Woodlawn Ave

    • Lexington Parking

      5835 S University Ave

    All parking lots have ADA accessible parking. Street parking can also often be found along most of the major thoroughfares. Street cleaning or snow routes may restrict this access.

Need help with your car?

If you are having difficulty starting your vehicle and you are within the UCPD patrol area, call 773.702.8181 and an officer will be dispatched to help you. For other disabled vehicle issues, the UCPD will assist in providing contact information for service providers. Officers can also help ensure your child's car seat is properly installed.

MORE PARKING INFORMATION

  • Short-Term Accessible Parking (three months or less)

    Requests for short-term (three months or less) accessible parking on campus are handled by Transportation & Parking Services. Please contact the Parking Office at 773.702.8969 or email parking@uchicago.edu for assistance.

    Long-Term Accessible Parking (more than three months)

    For requests for long-term (more than three months) accessible parking on campus, please contact Student Disability Services at 773.702.6000 and provide the following information:

     
    • Your relationship to the University

    • Your primary location of your work or academic program

    • Duration of your need for accessible parking

    • Copy of current signed physician’s statement explaining the functional mobility limitation

    • Copy of your current state-issued accessible parking permit

     

    If your request is approved, Transportation & Parking Services will work with you to arrange your parking accommodations.

    Accessibility on Campus

    If you are looking for more information about accessibility on campus:

     
  • A person or department planning an event requiring parking should contact Transportation & Parking Services as follows:

     
    • 30-day notice if more than 10 vehicles are expected to be on campus for the event

    • 72-hour notice if less than 10 vehicles are expected to be on campus for the event

     

    Event parking costs $25 a space in all of the University-managed parking lots. Transportation & Parking Services will work with you to determine the best parking option for your event. To purchase parking vouchers, please fill out the parking voucher request form and email it to parking@uchicago.edu.

    If you would like a lot attendant or security for your event, please contact the University of Chicago Police Department at 773.702.8181.

  • All contractors parking on University property must obtain contractor parking permits from Transportation & Parking Services. Contractors may only park at the location designated on the permit. If the parking assignment designation is “Various,” the holder may only park in non-gated lots. Contractor parking permits may be purchased from the Transportation & Parking Office.

  • The University welcomes the use of motorcycles to lessen the demand for parking on campus. Motorcycles do not have to be registered to park on campus. Motorcycles can be parked in any campus lot as long as they are parked in yellow hashed areas and not in an actual parking space. Motorcycles cannot be parked at bike racks and cannot be driven or parked on the University’s quadrangle or sidewalks.

    Mopeds and scooters are not authorized vehicles and cannot park in parking lots or at bike racks. Mopeds and scooters cannot be driven or parked on the quadrangle or sidewalks. Mopeds and scooters can be parked on campus streets in accordance with City of Chicago parking regulations.

  • From December 1 to April 1, the City of Chicago’s winter overnight parking ban covers various arterial streets throughout the city. No vehicles can be parked on designated streets from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. during this period. On campus, this ban affects parking along the Midway Plaisance from Cottage Grove Avenue to Dorchester Avenue. For more information, visit cityofchicago.org.

  • For pedestrian safety, most vehicular access to the Main Quadrangle is expressly prohibited. Vehicles requiring access to the Main Quadrangle Pedestrian Zone must receive an exception permit. Click here to learn more.

More Transportation

The CTA Garfield Street station in Chicago.

Public Transportation

Find CTA buses and trains near campusLearn More
A UGo University Shuttle drives across the University of Chicago campus.

University Shuttles

Learn about UChicago's free shuttle serviceLearn More
Two people walk down the sidewalk together with a bicycle.

Biking

View campus bike maps & our bike sharing programLearn More