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Old 06-30-2011, 11:21 AM
 
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Hello. How long can i be sitting in the car, in the night ? Just sitting: reading, drinking coffee etc. Can i sit in mini van for long time, for example - all night ?
Exist item about it in the laws of Illinois ?
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Old 06-30-2011, 01:43 PM
 
Location: River North, Chicago, Illinois
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I've known people who have lived out of their cars for months before, although I don't really recommend it. Safer areas have more parking restrictions and residents who are more likely to call the police to investigate someone as "suspicious" for sitting in a car overnight. In more dangerous areas, it's not the police you'd have to worry about so much, although in the worst of areas any policeman who saw you might caution you to move along for your own good.

It's really not recommended that you sleep in your car in Chicago.
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:55 PM
 
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There is no law against it, but people will call the police on you in both safe areas and unsafe areas. In both areas people may suspect that you are a child abductor, drug dealer ect. Sitting in your car makes you a very good target for being robbed. If you are going to do this while traveling do so at one of the Oasis’s.

If you are about to be homeless, chicago parking laws will make your car will be more trouble than it is worth.
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Michael Jordan's Dad died when he slept in his car, maybe in a bad neighborhood? Don't sleep in areas with permit parking. It's best to sleep in a 24hr Walmart parking lot, RV'rs do that. When I was doing a cheap vacation I'd sleep in my minivan in a Walmart, but at night noise comes out from the parking lot cleaning truck.

Why are you homeless sleeping in your car?
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Old 06-30-2011, 06:27 PM
 
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Its not recommended. If you are clever and a light sleeper I bet you can get away with it. Especially if you know the city. YOu could go to fast food restaurants and order a drink and sit in your car and pretend to be drinking it. Whoops, you fell asleep. Let's hope its a safe area you are in.
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:35 PM
 
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I watched an episode of MTV True Life that showed a girl living in her car in the Chicago area. She used public park restrooms to clean up every morning. She was also a dominatrix.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:38 PM
 
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Old 06-30-2011, 09:37 PM
 
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Not necessarily. Some are homeless. Believe me I've thought about places to sleep in my car many many times as I get very tired in the afternoons and like to take a little nap. If I'm in the city I'd love to catch a few winks before driving back to the burbs but I usually don't dare do so. I'd only want a short nap not actually stay overnight in the car.
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:58 AM
 
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I spend most afternoons napping in my car at the parking lot of a Target near my office. It is in the suburbs though, and surprisingly popular with people looking for a relatively quiet place to sleep, eat or read at lunchtime.
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Old 07-02-2011, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park/East Village area
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I spend most afternoons napping in my car at the parking lot of a Target near my office. It is in the suburbs though, and surprisingly popular with people looking for a relatively quiet place to sleep, eat or read at lunchtime.
Thats funny, if I'm very tired at work (I work in the Loop), I go to a Starbucks and nap/sleep there, and I'm not alone, somtimes theres 3-4 of us all sleeping, and Starbucks employees just let us. I always buy a drink though, the price of renting a comfy chair for 45 minutes.
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