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Daily Validation

Daily discounted parking is available for faculty and staff. There are two ways to receive the discount. You may obtain a coupon daily from the garage customer service office, or enroll in the debit recharge program using your Wildcard.

Daily Discounted Parking Coupon

Validation rate: Up to 12 hours of parking for $11.00 if in salary tiers 1-4 and $14.00 for salary tiers 5-7. If parked for 12 hours or more, regular garage rates will apply.

Restrictions: The discount is honored at the Erie Ontario Garage and Huron Superior Garage. The discount does not guarantee a parking space.

How to obtain a discount:

  1. Park in the eligible garage and obtain a parking ticket at entry.
  2. Obtain a QR code coupon from either the Erie Ontario or Huron Superior Customer Service Offices. You must present your Wildcard for proof of affiliation and status as faculty or staff.
  3. When ready to exit, go to a garage pay station and insert your parking ticket.
  4. Scan the QR ticket at the scanner below. The scanner will reduce the parking fee down to $11.00.
  5. Pay the fee with payment card or cash following the machine instructions.
  6. Collect the parking ticket back from the machine after your transaction is complete.
  7. Insert the parking ticket at the exit gate as you leave the garage with your vehicle.

Debit Recharge Program for Daily Discounted Parking

Validation rate: Up to 12 hours of parking for $11.00 if in salary tiers 1-4 and $14.00 for salary tiers 5-7. If parked for 12 hours or more, regular garage rates will apply.

Restrictions: The discount is honored at the Erie Ontario Garage and Huron Superior Garage. The discount does not guarantee a parking space.

The debit recharge program is an easier daily parking option for faculty and staff that do not have permit parking. The program allows you to store parking funds on your Wildcard and utilize it to receive and pay the discounted parking rate. You simply tap your Wildcard to enter and exit the garage; there is no need to obtain a daily coupon from the customer service office.

If you are interested in having this convenience available to you please email the Chicago Parking Office, chicagoparking@northwestern.edu, with your name and Wildcard ID# and request that you be set up in the system for the debit recharge program. You may also visit the Erie Ontario Garage customer service office to be added to the program.

Once enrolled, review the section below, How to Use Debit Recharge Program, for information on how to park and add funds to your account.

Debit Recharge Program for Evening & Weekend Parking for Kellogg and School of Professional Studies Students

Validation rate: SPS and OLLI students - $9.00; Kellogg students - $8.00

  • Each quarter Kellogg and School of Professional Studies provide lists of students eligible for the Debit Recharge program. These students are automatically entered into the system to take advantage of the Debit Recharge program.
  • The discounted rate is available for parking on weekdays from 4:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (the same night) or weekends from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You must park and exit within the specified time to receive the discounted rate. If you enter before the rate takes effect, or exit after the specified end time on the date of entry you will be charged the full public rate for the entire time you are parked. Overnight parking is not allowed.
  • The discount is available at the Erie Ontario Garage and Huron Superior Garage.

How to use Debit Recharge Program

Once you are registered in the program parking is simple:

  • When entering the garage scan your Wildcard at the entrance gate reader. Do not pull a parking ticket as that will interfere when exiting.
  • Before exiting the garage load your account with funds to utilize for parking. You may add one day’s worth of funds, or any amount you’d like. Only add funds you know you will use as refunds for remaining balances cannot be issued.
    1. Scan your Wildcard at any paystation reader.
    2. Account information and balance amount will be displayed. Option: press “Receipt” button on screen if a receipt is needed after transaction is complete. To add funds, press the “Recharge” icon on the screen.
    3. Recharge Amount screen will be displayed. Enter amount that will be added to the account using the onscreen number pad. Click “OK” after desired amount is entered. Note: default minimum amount that can be added is $1.00.
    4. Payment option screen will then be displayed indicating available payment options. Proceed with cash or card payment. After payment is complete a receipt will be printed (if selected), and the transaction is complete.
    5. View PDF instructions for visual if needed.
  • When exiting the garage simply scan your Wildcard again at the exit gate. As long as you have sufficient funds loaded, the system will deduct the discounted parking rate from your account.