1. Locate your towed or impounded car
If your vehicle was towed or relocated due to unpaid parking/red-light tickets, please locate your vehicle, and proceed to the auto-pound where your vehicle is located or call (312) 744-7275.
2. Pay the impound fees or request a hearing
The tow fee is $150 for vehicles under 8,000 pounds. Plus storage fees, which are $20 per day (first 5 days) and $35 per day (beginning on the 6th day) for vehicles under 8,000 pounds.
To get a car out of impound, a bond fee needs to be paid at the Department of Revenue. See below for locations near you. Any outstanding parking tickets must also be paid before the car will be released. The Department of Revenue accepts payment in cash or by credit or debit card. Checks and money orders are not accepted. The pound will keep a vehicle on premises for 21 days before the vehicle is eligible for auction or destruction. When you pay the bond fee to get the car out does not prevent you from challenging the impoundment at a hearing. If the hearing is won, the bond fee will be returned.
But, if you believe your vehicle was impounded by mistake or error, you can instead fight the impound and request a hearing within 15 days after the vehicle is seized. Learn more about Going to a hearing for an impounded car in Chicago.
3. Pick up your vehicle with proof of ownership
When you arrive at the impound lot you must show proof you own the car. You can use a current registration card, a sale agreement not older than 30 days, or a lease agreement.
Listed here are the addresses of the impound lots:
City Hall - 121 N. LaSalle, Room 107 (8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday)
North Side - 4445 N. Pulaski Ave. (8 am - 6:30 pm, Monday - Friday)
South Side - 2006 E. 95th St. (8 am - 6:30 pm, Monday - Friday)
Southwest Side - 4770 S. Kedzie Ave. (8 am - 6:30 pm, Monday - Friday)
400 W. Superior St. - (Payments and Inquiries: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday + 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Saturdays)
Payments for booted, towed vehicles and parking/red-light tickets may also be paid 24 hours a day 7 days a week at the auto-pounds located at O'Hare and Midway airports.
O'Hare Airport - City Auto Pound, Lot F, 6545 N. Mannheim Road
Midway Airport - Limo/Taxi Building, 5600 S. Kilpatrick
Updated: June 2017