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Parking and Transportation



Winnetka is conveniently served by a variety of transportation options, including three stations along Metra's UP-North commuter rail and several PACE suburban bus routes.  

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) website provides trip planning tools to assist you when traveling anywhere within the region.


The Village of Winnetka provides unreserved, on-street and off-street parking for various users. On-street parking is permitted, unless otherwise signed, daily from 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM. Off-street parking is permitted in select parking lots for train commuters, employees in the 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—saving time for both the business’ employees and the Village.

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.

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