Aerial view of North Park University campus with Chicago skyline.



North Park University has several parking lots available for student, faculty, and staff use. Please familiarize yourself with our policies and procedures prior to parking on campus.

Visitors and Special Events

All visitors and guests including alumni, parents, and others in personal vehicles should park in designated visitor parking spots located at Foster & Kedzie Parking Lot, 5141 N. Kedzie.

Campus Map

Lots will be marked as “event parking” when occasions require. Parking for visitors to North Park University is free.

Parking Permits


Parking space availability is seriously limited at North Park, just as it is at other urban campuses. Accordingly, first-year resident students are not permitted to bring automobiles to campus. Generally, upper-class resident students are discouraged from bringing automobiles because of the lack of available parking space. Most resident students have found that there are adequate transportation options within the city so that an automobile is not necessary.

Purchasing a Parking Permit

Parking permits are available online with a major credit card and can be picked up at Student Services after they are purchased. Permits may not be offered for resale or exchange by anyone.


Please note: A parking permit does not guarantee the holder a parking space, but only the opportunity to park in specified parking areas on an “as available” basis. Also note, that students living on campus are only eligible for Resident Student Permits and the Evening/Weekend Permit is only available to Graduate and Adult Degree Completion students.

Parking Permit Costs

Resident and Commuter students must purchase permits each semester. 

  • Resident Student Permit: $200
    *First-year resident students are not eligible for campus parking permits.
  • Commuter Student Permit: $100
  • Evening and Weekend Student Permit: $100
  • Faculty and Staff: Contact Student Services for parking permit costs.

In order to purchase a permit from the online portal, you will need the following:

  • A username and password (created the first time you sign in)
  • Your driver’s license number
  • Current mailing address
  • Vehicle details: Make, model, year, license plate number
  • Registered Owner (if someone other than yourself): name, phone, address
  • Insurance information
  • Credit or debit card

General Parking Regulations

1. Hang tag permits must be displayed on the rear-view mirror and may be transferred between family vehicles. They are not transferable between owners. Valid hang tag permits must be hung from the rearview mirror, with the permit number and/or graphics showing through the front windshield and below the tinted portion of the windshield. A parking permit is not considered valid unless it is displayed correctly on the vehicle.

2. Vehicles must be in good driving condition so that it can be safely operated; no junk cars may be left in lots.

3. Vehicles must display proper license plates.

4. Parking in an unauthorized area can result in ticketing and towing. The observation that parking lots are full is not a legitimate excuse for parking in unauthorized areas.

5. If an employee or student finds it necessary to drive in an emergency and does not have a valid permit, he/she must obtain a temporary permit from Campus Safety. If it is for only one day, simply call Campus Safety and provide them with a description of your vehicle.

Accessible parking spaces are provided in University parking lots in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Vehicles parked in these spaces must display a valid accessible/ADA permit. Accessible permits may be obtained from the Illinois Secretary of State Office. Under Federal law, unauthorized vehicles in these spaces may be ticketed by state, local, and federal law enforcement officials, including campus safety officers.

Designated Color-Coded Parking

Parking lots on campus are designated for special uses and are identified by color coding. Holders of vehicle parking permits are restricted to parking in areas identified by a color that matches the color on their parking permit decal. Such areas may be identified by more than one color. Designated parking lots/areas are marked by signage and the following color coding:

Resident Student – White color coding
Anderson Hall Parking Lot, 5000 N. Spaulding
Burgh Hall Parking Lot, 5051 N. Spaulding
Carmen & Kedzie Parking Lot, 5115 N. Kedzie
Argyle & Kedzie Parking Lot, 5025 N. Kedzie

Seminary Student – White color coding
Parking Lot behind the Johnson Center

Commuter Student – Red color coding
Carmen & Kedzie Parking Lot, 5115 N. Kedzie
Argyle & Kedzie Parking Lot, 5025 N. Kedzie
Foster & Kedzie Parking Lot, 5141 N. Kedzie

Faculty/Staff – Yellow color coding
Kimball Parking Lot, 5125 N. Kimball
Carmen & Kedzie Parking Lot, 5115 N. Kedzie
Argyle & Kedzie Parking Lot, 5025 N. Kedzie
“Old Bookstore” Parking Lot, 3218 W. Foster
Alley west of Brandel Library
Alley north and west of Sohlberg Hall

Visitors and Guests
Foster & Kedzie Parking Lot, 5141 N. Kedzie

Campus Map

Student color designated lots are enforced from 7:00 am–3:00 pm, Monday–Friday.

Faculty/staff color designated lots are enforced from 7:00 am–9:00 pm, Monday–Friday and 7:00 am–3:00 pm, Saturday–Sunday.

Parking Violation and Penalties

A fine of $25.00 payable online by credit card at Student Services will be charged for the following campus parking violations:

  • Failure to display a valid North Park parking permit
  • Parking in the wrong designated parking lot
  • Parking in a reserved unauthorized parking space
  • Parking in a handicapped space
  • Blocking a driveway or traffic lane
  • Parked in a designated Fire Lane
  • Allowing a non-family member to use your permit

Faculty and staff members who receive a parking ticket have seven (7) days from the issue date on the ticket to pay the fine. If the fine is not paid within this period of time, the ticket holder may become responsible for the towing fee that may result. Tickets which remain unpaid for more than thirty (30) days may result in the loss of parking privileges for the remainder of the school year.

Students who receive a ticket will have seven (7) days from the issue date on the ticket to pay the fine. If the fine is not paid within this period of time, the fine will be transferred to the student’s account. All outstanding fines must be paid prior to registration for the next academic semester. Graduating students must pay all outstanding fines prior to graduation or transcripts will be withheld.

Continual or flagrant disregard of University parking regulations may result in disciplinary action and/or loss of parking privileges.

Any individual receiving a North Park parking ticket may appeal the ticket to the Director of Campus Safety within seven (7) days from the issue date. The Director will review the ticket and will have final determination as to whether the parking ticket is sustained, reduced or voided. Appeal forms are available at the Magnuson Campus Center Safety Office.

Campus Safety is authorized to remove cars at owner’s expense (with or without warning) under the following circumstances:

  • Illegally parked vehicles where towing signs are posted. This includes but is not limited to vehicles without the appropriate parking permits, parked in an unauthorized parking lot, obstructing University work or events and/or deemed abandoned.
  • Illegally parked vehicles blocking fire lanes, handicap spaces, and driveways.

Towing and storage fees are set by the towing company and are the responsibility of the vehicle owner.


North Park assumes no responsibility for any damage to vehicles (or losses of their contents) resulting from theft, vandalism, flooding, necessary towing regardless of where the vehicle is parked on campus.

North Park University reserves the right to relocate vehicles that constitute a safety hazard, that are illegally parked, or that interfere with snow removal, construction, asphalt maintenance, or necessary access to parking lots, sidewalks and buildings.

For more information, please contact the Director of Campus Safety at 773-244-5222.