The Ticket Trap

Where Chicago Issues Parking Tickets and Who Pays For Them

This interactive database contains more than 54 million parking, standing and vehicle compliance tickets issued since 1996, obtained by ProPublica Illinois in partnership with WBEZ and made public for the first time. You can search for your address and compare your ward with others, and you can see how Chicago’s reliance on ticketing for revenue affects motorists across the city. About our data | Read our series on how Chicago ticket debt is burdening black and low-income communities. →

For example: 200 North State St., 2800 S. California Ave.

54.4 million tickets issued

$2.8 billion paid to the city of Chicago

$1.8 billion total outstanding debt

Rank Wards By

Which Ward Owes the Most

The ward with the most outstanding debt, based on where tickets were issued, is the city’s 42nd Ward, which includes some of the busiest parts of downtown and has the highest volume of tickets. The next eight wards with the largest outstanding debts for parking tickets are majority black. Note: There’s no statute of limitations governing how far back Chicago can go to collect on ticket debt. Our records date to 1996.

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Ranked #1 out of 50 for amount due

42nd Ward

Ald. Brendan Reilly(312) 642-4242

42 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$89.5 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #1)


66% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #11)

$231.1 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #1)

Ranked #2 out of 50 for amount due

28th Ward

Ald. Jason C. Ervin(773) 533-0900

28 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$64 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #2)


53% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #38)

$62.8 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #10)

Ranked #3 out of 50 for amount due

27th Ward

Ald. Walter Burnett, Jr.(312) 432-1995

27 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$56.3 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #3)


61% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #23)

$90.3 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #5)

Ranked #4 out of 50 for amount due

24th Ward

Ald. Michael Scott, Jr.(773) 533-2400

24 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$48.9 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #4)


47% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #50)

$37.3 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #25)

Ranked #5 out of 50 for amount due

37th Ward

Ald. Emma Mitts(773) 379-0960

37 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$45.9 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #5)


47% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #49)

$37.6 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #23)

Ranked #6 out of 50 for amount due

20th Ward

Ald. Willie Cochran(773) 955-5610

20 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$43.3 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #6)


48% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #45)

$34.9 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #31)

Ranked #7 out of 50 for amount due

16th Ward

Ald. Toni Foulkes(773) 863-0220

16 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$42.4 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #7)


48% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #47)

$34.2 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #33)

Ranked #8 out of 50 for amount due

6th Ward

Ald. Roderick T. Sawyer(773) 635-0006

6 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$40.8 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #8)


51% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #42)

$37.6 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #24)

Ranked #9 out of 50 for amount due

29th Ward

Ald. Chris Taliaferro(773) 237-6460

29 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$40 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #9)


51% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #43)

$36.7 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #27)

Ranked #10 out of 50 for amount due

25th Ward

Ald. Daniel Solis(773) 523-4100

25 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$40 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #10)


68% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #7)

$84.9 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #6)

Ranked #11 out of 50 for amount due

17th Ward

Ald. David H. Moore(773) 783-3672

17 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$38.2 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #11)


50% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #44)

$33.8 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #34)

Ranked #12 out of 50 for amount due

4th Ward

Ald. Sophia D. King(773) 536-8103

4 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$36.8 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #12)


63% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #19)

$69.6 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #8)

Ranked #13 out of 50 for amount due

26th Ward

Ald. Roberto Maldonado(773) 395-0143

26 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$36.1 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #13)


58% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #31)

$47.9 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #16)

Ranked #14 out of 50 for amount due

22nd Ward

Ald. Ricardo Muñoz(773) 762-1771

22 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$35.7 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #14)


54% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #35)

$37.3 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #26)

Ranked #15 out of 50 for amount due

1st Ward

Ald. Proco Joe Moreno(773) 278-0101

1 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$34.8 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #15)


70% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #6)

$84.6 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #7)

Ranked #16 out of 50 for amount due

15th Ward

Ald. Raymond A. Lopez(773) 306-0837

15 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$34.8 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #16)


54% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #37)

$35 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #29)

Ranked #17 out of 50 for amount due

49th Ward

Ald. Joseph Moore(773) 338-5796

49 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$34.3 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #17)


59% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #30)

$50.7 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #13)

Ranked #18 out of 50 for amount due

5th Ward

Ald. Leslie A. Hairston(773) 324-5555

5 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$33.2 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #18)


61% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #26)

$50.6 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #14)

Ranked #19 out of 50 for amount due

35th Ward

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa(773) 887-3772

35 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$33 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #19)


61% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #27)

$50.1 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #15)

Ranked #20 out of 50 for amount due

44th Ward

Ald. Thomas Tunney(773) 525-6034

44 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$32.4 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #20)


74% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #2)

$123 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #2)

Ranked #21 out of 50 for amount due

7th Ward

Ald. Gregory I. Mitchell(773) 731-7777

7 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$31.8 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #21)


48% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #46)

$27.6 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #38)

Ranked #22 out of 50 for amount due

2nd Ward

Ald. Brian Hopkins(312) 643-2299

2 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$31.4 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #22)


71% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #4)

$101.1 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #3)

Ranked #23 out of 50 for amount due

8th Ward

Ald. Michelle A. Harris(773) 874-3300

8 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$30 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #23)


53% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #39)

$30.8 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #35)

Ranked #24 out of 50 for amount due

12th Ward

Ald. George A. Cardenas(773) 523-8250

12 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$29.4 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #24)


58% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #32)

$35.6 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #28)

Ranked #25 out of 50 for amount due

3rd Ward

Ald. Pat Dowell(773) 373-9273

3 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$28.5 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #25)


59% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #29)

$39.7 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #21)

Ranked #26 out of 50 for amount due

33rd Ward

Ald. Deborah Mell(773) 478-8040

33 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$28.1 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #26)


61% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #25)

$44.2 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #19)

Ranked #27 out of 50 for amount due

21st Ward

Ald. Howard Brookins, Jr.(773) 881-9300

21 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$28.1 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #27)


51% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #41)

$27.6 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #39)

Ranked #28 out of 50 for amount due

46th Ward

Ald. James Cappleman(773) 878-4646

46 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$27.4 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #28)


67% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #8)

$63 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #9)

Ranked #29 out of 50 for amount due

31st Ward

Ald. Milagros Santiago(773) 278-0031

31 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$26.9 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #29)


61% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #24)

$39.9 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #20)

Ranked #30 out of 50 for amount due

48th Ward

Ald. Harry Osterman(773) 784-5277

48 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$24.7 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #30)


63% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #18)

$46.5 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #18)

Ranked #31 out of 50 for amount due

34th Ward

Ald. Carrie M. Austin(773) 928-6961

34 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$24.6 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #31)


47% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #48)

$20.3 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #44)

Ranked #32 out of 50 for amount due

14th Ward

Ald. Edward M. Burke(773) 471-1414

14 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$24.3 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #32)


57% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #33)

$30.2 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #36)

Ranked #33 out of 50 for amount due

43rd Ward

Ald. Michele Smith(773) 348-9500

43 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$23.2 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #33)


75% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #1)

$96.3 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #4)

Ranked #34 out of 50 for amount due

30th Ward

Ald. Ariel Reboyras(773) 794-3095

30 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$22.3 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #34)


62% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #22)

$34.8 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #32)

Ranked #35 out of 50 for amount due

40th Ward

Ald. Patrick O'Connor(773) 769-1140

40 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$22.1 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #35)


66% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #10)

$47.6 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #17)

Ranked #36 out of 50 for amount due

50th Ward

Ald. Debra L. Silverstein(773) 262-1050

50 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$19.9 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #36)


65% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #16)

$39 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #22)

Ranked #37 out of 50 for amount due

47th Ward

Ald. Ameya Pawar(773) 868-4747

47 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$17.8 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #37)


72% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #3)

$56.6 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #11)

Ranked #38 out of 50 for amount due

32nd Ward

Ald. Scott Waguespack(773) 248-1330

32 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$17.5 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #38)


71% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #5)

$53 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #12)

Ranked #39 out of 50 for amount due

23rd Ward

Ald. Silvana Tabares(773) 582-4444

23 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$17.2 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #39)


63% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #20)

$30.1 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #37)

Ranked #40 out of 50 for amount due

9th Ward

Ald. Anthony Beale(773) 785-1100

9 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$16.9 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #40)


52% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #40)

$16.5 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #48)

Ranked #41 out of 50 for amount due

11th Ward

Ald. Patrick D. Thompson(773) 254-6677

11 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$16.7 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #41)


67% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #9)

$34.9 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #30)

Ranked #42 out of 50 for amount due

10th Ward

Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza(773) 768-8138

10 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$16.6 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #42)


54% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #36)

$18.2 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #45)

Ranked #43 out of 50 for amount due

36th Ward

Ald. Gilbert Villegas(773) 745-4636

36 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$16.6 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #43)


60% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #28)

$23.6 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #43)

Ranked #44 out of 50 for amount due

45th Ward

Ald. John Arena(773) 286-4545

45 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$12.4 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #44)


65% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #15)

$24.6 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #41)

Ranked #45 out of 50 for amount due

39th Ward

Ald. Margaret Laurino(773) 736-5594

39 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$12 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #45)


65% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #14)

$24.3 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #42)

Ranked #46 out of 50 for amount due

18th Ward

Ald. Derrick G. Curtis(773) 284-5057

18 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$10.5 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #46)


56% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #34)

$12.8 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #49)

Ranked #47 out of 50 for amount due

41st Ward

Ald. Anthony V. Napolitano(773) 631-2241

41 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$10.3 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #47)


65% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #12)

$26 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #40)

Ranked #48 out of 50 for amount due

13th Ward

Ald. Marty Quinn(773) 581-8000

13 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$10.1 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #48)


63% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #21)

$16.6 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #47)

Ranked #49 out of 50 for amount due

38th Ward

Ald. Nicholas Sposato(773) 283-3838

38 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$8.5 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #49)


65% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #17)

$16.7 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #46)

Ranked #50 out of 50 for amount due

19th Ward

Ald. Matthew J. O'Shea(773) 238-8766

19 locator
Who lives here:
Black
Hispanic
Asian
White

$6.5 million

total debt from tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018(Ranked #50)


65% of tickets paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #13)

$12.5 million paid from Jan. 1, 1996, to May 14, 2018(Ranked #50)