Monthly Archives: June 2011

Film Shoot Gets Cars Towed Near Wicker Park

Read. The. Signs.

This is what happens when car owners don’t read and heed the signs–your vehicle is going to get towed.

These cars on Evergreen St. between Wicker Park (the actual park not the neighborhood) and Milwaukee Ave. were relocated courtesy of a friendly Streets & Sanitation tow truck driver.

City Stickers Expire Today, But Not Really

Drivers Have Until July 15th To Buy Annual City Sticker

Lines snake out the door at 95th & Jeffrey earlier in the week

If  you happen to be reading your 2010-2011 city sticker on your windshield you may notice today, June 30th, is when it expires.

But don’t panic!

No need to rush out and stand in a long line to get your city sticker–there’s still time to get it.

While the city sticker officially expires on June 30th every year, the City Clerk’s office always gives drivers a 15 day grace period until July 15th to obtain and display their $75 vehicle sticker. Enforcement begins on July 16th.

AAA: Less Cars On Road For July 4th Holiday

Expect Heavy Holiday Traffic Despite 3.3% Decline In Driving

Blame it on the price of gas. Blame it on the economy.

Maybe you can blame it on both.

But, for whatever reason a lot less people will hit the road this 4th of July holiday weekend according to AAA.

Based on a survey by AAA, the group predicts only 1.9 million Illinois residents will go on an automobile excursion over 50 miles from home this upcoming weekend, down about 3.3% from 2010.

NBC 5 Helps Driver With Parking Ticket

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One Chicago driver got ticketed for not moving his car for a “Special Event.”

The funny thing is, there was no special event!

Cubs Host Back-To-Back Night Games Tues., Wed.

The San Francisco Giants are in town for a four game stand starting with a double-header this afternoon.

The second game of the double-header starts at 7:05 this evening.

Of course this means Wrigley Field night game restrictions will kick in starting at 5 PM.

Drivers attempting to park on side streets without the proper residential permit parking passes or RPP guest passes face a ticket and a tow.

Quinn Signs Backseat Buckleup Law

Coming to a backseat in your car

Monday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new Illinois law which requires all backseat passengers to wear seat belts, according to Illinois Statehouse News.

Illinois law already requires all front seat passengers and all “children” under 19 to wear seat belts.

The new law requires any person, child or adult, riding in the backseat to be buckled up. Fines begin at $25 for this offense.

While Quinn signed the law today, the it does not go into effect until January 1st, 2012.

While this new law may result in growing the number of seat belt violations issued, at least one law enforcement official quoted in the story admits it will be difficult for police and state troopers to see inside the backseat of vehicles.

Finally! Chicago Area Gas Price Drops Below $4

Gas prices in Chicago proper still hovering above $4

It’s about time.

After months where Chicago drivers saw only rising gas prices, over the past few weeks area motorists have finally seen a significant drop in the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline.

The most recent good news is the average price for gas in the Chicago area has dropped below $4 per gallon according to both and AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. The price for gasoline has not been under $4 since the first week in April.

The price drop comes at an opportune time for area drivers considering taking a road trip for the upcoming 4th of July holiday.

Red Light Cameras Face Challenges Nationwide

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Despite the best efforts of municipal governments across the country to put a happy face on the effectiveness of red light cameras to improve safety, many city RLC programs are in danger of going extinct according to a report by MSNBC.

ALERT!: Gay Pride Parade Sunday

If you don’t want to get stuck in traffic Sunday, stay out of Lakeview.

Usually, it’s the Cubs that make driving and parking hellish in the Lakeview/Wrigleyville neighborhood. But if it’s the last Sunday in June, it is normally the Gay Pride Parade causing driving/parking problems.

The parade steps off at noon and proceeds on Halsted at Belmont north to Broadway, south on Broadway (where Halsted & Broadway meet just north of Addison, south of Irving Park) and then east on Diversey to Lincoln Park.

Police Warn Of Lakefront Car Break-Ins

Don’t leave valuables in your car in plain view.

A rash of 10 reported car break-ins along park district parking lots located along the lakefront from Addison to Foster this last month, have prompted the Chicago Police Department to issue a public warning to drivers according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

Most break-ins have centered around the parking lots near Montrose Harbor.