Park District Meters Installation Well Underway
This summer beach goers will need more than suntan lotion and a towel to swim at Chicago’s lakefront. This year, you’ll need to bring quarters for parking meters.
The Chicago Park District and Standard Parking have announced that new parking meters are in the midst of being installed at beachfront locations along Lake Michigan.
To regular readers of this website, this is old news as these pay and display meters had already been installed and operational at eight select locations as of last fall. This included lots located at:
- 63rd St./Hayes & Lake Shore Dr.
- Broadway Armory
- South Shore Cultural Center
- 63rd St. Beach House
- Jackson Park Driving Range
- Loyola Park (2 lots)
- 31st St. Beach
While free parking at park district lots seem gone forever, meter rates are considerably less than meters on Chicago streets. From 9 AM – 9 PM, park or beach visitors will pay $1 per hour. From 9 PM – 9 AM, the meters only cost $0.25 per hour, where parks are open. Many parks close at 11 PM.
However, with these machines, you input how much time you want to pay for initially and the machine tells you how much money you need to pay.
Unlike city street meters, where you can pay for small fractions of time, a single hour is the smallest increment of time you can purchase. However, there is no time restriction like city meters where two hours is the norm. In the park district lots, you can pay for as many hours as you like.
Again, unlike street pay and display machines, you have more payment options. Not only do the machines take quarters, but nickels and dimes. It also takes paper bills and credit cards. These multiple payment options certainly is an improvement over street meters.
According to the Chicago Park District, only 1500 of the planned 4400 metered spaces are operational as of right now. Over the course of the next weeks through sometime in June, the rest of the planned lots to be metered will be completed. This includes:
- 39th St. & Lake Shore Drive
- 55th St. & South Shore Drive
- Hayes Street Boat Launch
- Hayes and Cornell
- Museum of Science and Industry (2 lots)
- Rainbow Beach Lots
- Waveland & Lake Shore Dr.
- Foster & Simonds
- Montrose Harbor
- Wilson & Lake Shore Dr.
- 47th Street & Cornell
These new metered spaces are estimated to bring in an additional $1.5 million for the park district.
And don’t forget, just like metered spaces on Chicago city streets, an expired meter ticket will cost you $50.
If you need more information, you can check out the new Park District Parking website and/or you can call the 24 hour a day customer service number 877-638-3716.
Thanks to Vernon Bell for the photo from one of the the Museum of Science & Industry lots.