St. Ben’s

Located between Addison Avenue and Irving Park Road and west from Damen to Western Avenues is the St. Ben’s neighborhood. Just north of Roscoe Village, St. Ben’s is a typical Chicago neighborhood comprised mainly of two-flat walkups on clean, quiet tree-lined streets.

St. Ben’s itself is the Parish and Catholic School just east of Western on Irving Park Road. This neighborhood is a well-kept secret that seems to be slowly leaking out. The affordable homes in this area are a boon to young couples attracted to a nice, pretty, quiet neighborhood. Its close enough for a long walk to Wrigley Field and the bars of days-gone-by, but you still get to come home to guys washing cars in driveways and the smell of brats on the grill.

Had ‘Happy Days’ taken place in Chicago, it very well may have been St. Ben’s.

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.