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Parking and Transportation


The Village of Winnetka provides unreserved, on-street and off-street parking for various users. On-street parking is permitted daily from 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM, unless signage indicates otherwise. Off-street parking is permitted in select parking lots for train commuters, employees in business districts, and other users. Please read Village signs carefully before parking your vehicle.

Commuter Parking Permits

Commuter Permit Application

The Village designates parking areas around the three train stations (Indian Hill, Elm Street, and Hubbard Woods) for commuter parking, as highlighted in the parking maps below:

Commuter cars must display a valid daily or six-month parking permit in these lots. Daily Commuter Parking Permits can only be purchased in person at Village Hall. The purchase of a permit does not guarantee that a spot will be available in the most convenient location. The price for the 6-month permit is pro-rated depending on the month of purchase, as follows:

Month Resident Non-Resident
January & July $ 100.00 $ 220.00
February & August $ 83.33 $ 183.33
March & September $ 66.67 $ 146.67
April & October $ 50.00 $ 110.00
May & November $ 33.33 $ 73.33
June & December $ 16.67 $ 36.67


Note: Students are prohibited from purchasing or using commuter parking passes.


Business Employee Parking Permits

Employee Parking Permit Application

The Village designates several parking areas in commercial districts for use by employees of area businesses. Permits for employee parking lots can be purchased in person at Village Hall for $10 and are good for one year (July 1st-June 30th). 

Employees are required to provide the following documentation in order to receive a permit:

  • Completed signed employee parking permit application
  • Proof of employment (including a paycheck stub dated within the last 60 days, items mailed to the applicant at a Winnetka business address within the last 60 days, or a letter from the employer on company letterhead listing all current employees. Business cards or name tags are NOT sufficient proof of employment).

The purchase of a permit does not guarantee that a spot will be available in the most convenient location. Employers have the option of sending the Village a list of all employees on their company letterhead and a completed employee parking permit application for each employee. The Village will then process these permits together.

Note: Business Employee Parking Pemits expire on June 30th annually and new applications should be completed prior to July 1st. Individuals serving as residential caretakers or nannies are NOT eligible to purchase this form of parking pass.

Transit Options

Winnetka has convenient access to a variety of transportation options, including METRA commuter rail and PACE suburban bus routes. The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) website provides trip planning tools to assist you when traveling anywhere within the region.


Metra Union Pacific North (UP-N) Line

Winnetka's three Metra stations are located on Metra's Union Pacific North Line, providing convenient access to downtown Chicago, with northbound service to Kenosha. Winnetka is served by frequent daily service to the West Loop via the Ogilivie Transportation Center (500 W. Madison St.).


Metra Station Information

Indian Hill Station - 111 Green Bay Road (at Winnetka Ave.)

Commuter Parking map

Winnetka (Elm Street) Station - 754 Elm Street (at Green Bay Rd.)

Commuter Parking map 

Hubbard Woods Station - 1065 Gage Street (adjacent to Hubbard Woods Park)

Commuter Parking map


PACE Bus Service

Local bus service is also available and is coordinated by PACE, the suburban bus division of the Regional Transportation Authority. Winnetka is served by two regular PACE routes, as well as a dedicated "shuttle service" for students attending New Trier's West Campus in Northfield, or Loyola Academy in Wilmette.

Route 213 (Green Bay Road): Provides service between downtown Evanston's Davis Street CTA Purple Line station and Northbrook Court (Lake Cook Rd).  Stops near New Trier High School Winnetka Campus as well as Ravinia and the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  Monday through Saturday (no Sunday service).

Route 423 (Sheridan Road / Elm Street / Hibbard Road /Willow Road): Route 423 provides access locally to New Trier High School (via Sheridan Road), Winnetka Metra (Elm Street) station, Washburne/Skokie Schools, and Skokie Playfields. Provides service between Wilmette 4th & Linden CTA Purple Line and Harlem CTA Blue Line station. Monday through Friday (No Saturday or Sunday service).



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