End Of An Era: City Sticker Lines Evaporate A Year After Start Of Year Round Sales

Lines to buy Chicago city stickers flow out the door of the city payment center at 2550 W. Addison St. Friday morning.

Lines to buy Chicago city stickers flow out the door of the city payment center at 2550 W. Addison St. in 2014.

It’s the end of an era.

For the past several decades, the last day or two of June, thousands of procrastinating Chicago drivers scrambled to buy their Chicago city vehicle sticker.

Lines stretched out the doors at City Hall, City Clerk satellite offices and finance payment centers around the city forcing motorists to wait hours to beat the end of the month deadline.

But not this June 30th.

This year, there was no frantic, last minute rush to purchase city stickers.

2014 was the last year of the annual sales for the city sticker. City Clerk Susanna Mendoza changed the system to make it a year round process where vehicle owners would buy their city stickers six months opposite the month they renew their Illinois vehicle registration stickers.

City Clerk spokesperson said on Tuesday, June 30th, historically the last day for annual sales, there was a short line at lunch time–but nothing like it was in previous years with hundreds of people waiting in lines for hours.

“We had a line,” admitted Corcoran. “It was the first time we had a significant line in two months. I estimate wait times were 20-30 minutes. Yesterday was our worst day but it was vastly superior to the last few years. It was vastly better. We’re all very pleased with it.”

Corcoran says part of the reason for the last minute lines was due to people who still thought city sticker sales was a once a year event.

“There’s people, who by force of habit, thought they’d have to renew (by Juen 30th), but didn’t have to,” said Corcoran explaining their office explained to many people there city stickers had not expired yet.

One Response to End Of An Era: City Sticker Lines Evaporate A Year After Start Of Year Round Sales

  1. Jeff says:

    Somehow the professional procrastinators will still find a way to miss the deadline

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