Dave Matthews Concert To Restrict Neighborhood Parking, Snarl Traffic
However, the band’s two concerts at Wrigley Field on Friday and Saturday will still trigger Cubs night baseball parking restrictions.
The restrictions, normally utilized for about 30 Cubs’ night games throughout the baseball season, restricts street parking in Wrigleyville and the the surrounding Lakeview neighborhood to area residents with the appropriate residential parking permits or drivers with guest parking permits.
Anyone else naive or unlucky enough to park on an effected street during the parking restrictions risk a $60 ticket and being towed to a Chicago auto pound to the tune of $160.
Because the concerts will take place over the weekend, when the Wrigleyville/Lakeview entertainment district is normally busy to begin with, it’s probably not a stretch to think many uninformed drivers will come back to their vehicle from an evening of food, drink and fun to find their car has magically disappeared.
Some street closures are already in effect (Sheffield between Addison & Waveland) and other closures and parking restrictions around Wrigley will begin at 4 PM both Friday and Saturday afternoon.
Our best advice is to not drive or park in the restricted area. Utilize public transportation wherever possible or just break down, crack open your wallet and pay for parking in a private garage or lot.
According to OEMC’s Therese Kordelewski, one excellent parking option that was available for drivers during night baseball games, is the lot at DeVry University which will be open for this weekend’s concert.
For $6 you can park your car and then take a free CTA shuttle bus to and from Wrigley Field–convenient and affordable.