CHICAGO — Procrastinating Chicago drivers have until midnight Monday to purchase their city sticker or face late fees and risk heavy fines.
Chicago city vehicle stickers expired on June 30, but the City Clerk's office allows a 15-day grace period to give motorists extra time to slap on their sticker.
On Monday morning, City Clerk's office spokesman Patrick Corcoran said the lines at City Hall and other clerk's office locations were long, but he expects the wait times to increase as the day progresses.
"I imagine they'll be steadily busy, but lines will be building through the day," he said.
Corcoran advised last-minute sticker buyers to head to their neighborhood currency exchange or other community partners, where lines should be much shorter. While city sales locations close at 5 p.m., many currency exchanges are open 24 hours.
But those who buy their stickers outside a city office face a $5.50 convenience charge.
Those who don't display their city stickers by midnight Monday risk a $200 parking ticket and will have to pay a $60 late fee when they do buy it.
"At all costs, get your city sticker today," Corcoran said. "Ticketing will begin in the early a.m. hours on Tuesday."
City stickers are $85 for most passenger vehicles and $135 for heavier passenger vehicles like SUVs.