The Neighborhood Of DePaul

The DePaul neighborhood is located from Halsted Street west to Ashland Avenue and north from Armitage Avenue to Diversey Parkway. Named for the DePaul University, this neighborhood consists of the umbrella of shade surrounding DePaul University for several blocks in all directions. It has a decidedly “campus” feel to it, though not one so pervasive that those not of the “student” ilk feel cast as outsiders. DePaul University, one of the biggest Catholic institutions in the country, has grown more than 25% in the last few years, and the DePaul neighborhood reflects it. Shops, parks, restaurants of every kind, and of course bars line Lincoln Avenue, the eastern border of the campus. DePaul is a neighborhood of beautiful old houses on quiet, tree-lined streets rather than the shabby, loud, student apartments that one might expect. DePaul University began with a handful of buildings located in the shadow of St. Vincent’s Church on Webster Street. It now attracts more than 16,000 students to both its downtown and Lincoln Park campuses. St. Vincent’s, with its twin towers, is still a neighborhood landmark, though the university‚Äôs crowning achievement is its $25-million library on Seminary Avenue.

The south and west boundary of the DePaul neighborhood is the Clybourn Corridor, formerly a booming industrial district. Now what remaining industry there is sits shoulder-to-shoulder with trendy restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and boutiques, making DePaul among the city’s best neighborhoods for an interesting day and self-styled walking tour. DePaul is only blocks from the Lincoln Park Zoo (the oldest in the country), beaches, all the shopping you could wish for, and is easily accessible by public transportation.

Important Information For DePaul:

City of Chicago Vehicle Stickers

All Chicago residents driving, parking, leasing and/or owning a vehicle for which they are responsible in the City of Chicago are subject to the Chicago Wheel Tax and must purchase a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker. This includes Chicago residents that maintain their registration outside of the City of Chicago, but use the vehicle in the City. We want motorists to avoid costly tickets: You must purchase a Chicago Vehicle Sticker within 30 days of residing in the City or acquiring a new vehicle to avoid late fees and fines.

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Residential Parking Permits

Chicago’s Residential Parking Permit program is designed to restrict parking on designated residential streets during specified hours, except for the residents of that street, guests of the residents or those who provide a service to the residents. This program helps to ensure that residents of densely populated areas have reasonable access to parking near their residences. Cars parked in violation of this ordinance are ticketed.

The City of Chicago does not mess around. The city has a dillignet parking patrol staff that will ticket you if you are in a spot where a permit you don’t have is required. All spots that require permits are marked with white street signs. Please look out for them!

For more information, contact the city clerk at 312-744-6861 or email We also recommend that you ask your Real Estate Agent, Leasing Agent, or Land Lord about parking permit requirements in your area.