North Center

North Center is the geographic center is the three-way intersection of Lincoln Avenue, Irving Park Road, and Damen Avenue. Truth be told, it isn’t something that would necessarily stick out to you on the surface; it looks a lot like many other six-way intersections on the north side. The German and Swedish inscriptions on the cornerstones of local churches are just about all that remain of the neighborhood’s strong ethnic beginnings. HOWEVER, North Center’s good schools, long-term stability, and proximity to transportation have made it a popular neighborhood for families.

Adding to the family-oriented infrastructure area large number of diners, and it seems that you can’t walk a block without passing a bowling alley. Shopkeepers offering antiques and specialty items have started a turn-around on the stretch of small storefronts along Lincoln Avenue, from Byron to Grace streets. To the south, Roscoe Village is becoming more and more popular, and fun bars and restaurants are becoming more and more prevalent in the area. It’s a great spot to spend an afternoon, and an even better one to spend the night bar-hopping.

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.