Parking Enforcement Resumes Today, Tuesday
Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) announced Saturday afternoon that the parking enforcement stoppage due to the blizzard will end in the Central Business District on Monday. All enforcement, including parking meters will begin at 9 AM.
The rest of the city will see a resumption of parking enforcement starting Tuesday at 9 AM.
The Central Business District is essentially downtown and then some, but is defined by the boundaries of Oak Street on the north, Roosevelt Road on the south, Halsted Street on the west, with Lake Michigan as the eastern boundary.
Parking enforcement was suspended Tuesday as the Blizzard of 2011 was beginning to strike, giving Parking Enforcement Aides, SERCO personnel, Traffic Management Aides and boot crews nearly a full week off from issuing parking violations of any kind, including meter violations.
Although, without enforcement drivers have little incentive to feed meter pay boxes with recently raised rates, the city officially told drivers they still should pay for parking when utilizing on street metered spaces.
In the meantime, it seems from casual observation of cars at metered spaces today, many drivers are opting to not take the city’s advice and take advantage of this perhaps once in a lifetime opportunity to park for free without fear of $50 worth of reprisal.