Category Archives: Chicago parking
CNBC took a test drive of SpotHero’s smart phone app this week, with founder Mark Lawrence along for the ride.
The Chicago-based SpotHero has been growing quickly since Lawrence and co-founder Jeremy Smith began their venture less than five years ago. The company recently finished moving to a larger office space in River North–the third move in less than three years.
The polls open at 6 AM and are open until 7 PM.
Get to your polling place and vote.
In most cases, your polling place should be within walking distance.
But remember, parking restrictions to accommodate the disabled will be in place around polling places. So if you have to drive, just be careful where you park.
That’s what the Chicago Reader is reporting about an ill-conceived plan to keep so-called “day-trippers” from the suburbs from parking in the West Loop for free and then spending the day downtown.
The solution to the perceived problem was to restrict parking on neighborhood streets from 1:30 to 3:30 Monday through Friday.
It was a pilot program of sorts as it was initially only going to run from July 2013 to December 2013. But the signs didn’t come down in early 2014 and then the program got extended indefinitely by the City Council in May of last year.
They don’t pay rent or property taxes.
But three clout heavy parking lot companies have been operating parking lots on several city owned lots for the past 20 years and now City Hall wants to end the practice according to the Chicago Sun-times.
The city has erected barriers around at least one of the properties and is seeking to stop the three private companies from using the city’s property for free.
Over four days the City of Chicago issued 229 violations to 35 different valet parking companies and took CBS 2 News along to chronicle the crackdown.
The enforcement explosion is part of a push by the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection to hold valet parking companies accountable and to scare them into following the rules.
A group in Logan Square is trying to garner support from neighborhood motorists to fight a proposed 1,500 unit development on Milwaukee Avenue according to DNA Info.
Save Our Boulevards is circulating a flier attacking the proposed development by claiming the developer’s plan doesn’t include enough parking and therefore will drastically reduce the number of street parking spaces in Logan Square with such a large influx of new residents.
The development, slated to be located close to the CTA’s Blue Line California Ave. stop, is reportedly aimed at car less people who rely on public transit, biking or walking to get around.
SP+, one of the nation’s largest operators of parking lots and garages, announced a cyber security breach occurred at 13 Chicago area locations that may have compromised the credit card payment data of customers.
SP+, formerly Standard Parking, says the parking payment systems at 10 parking garages in Chicago, three in Evanston and four other out of state locations were compromised. The company says a hacker used a remote access tool to install malware to capture the credit card data of customers who paid for parking between late September and early November depending on the location.
Chicago’s message to limousine owners?
Don’t park on our residential streets.
The Chicago City Council passed a law prohibiting limousines from parking on residential streets on Wednesday according to the Chicago Tribune.
Limos join the list of other vehicles banned from parking on most streets including taxis, trucks, buses, motor homes, vans, RVs (longer than 22 feet), and semis.
Emanuel’s proposed budget is looking to raise parking garage taxes by 2% next year from 20 to 22% during the week and from18 to 20% on weekends according to the Sun-Times.
The mayor hopes to raise an additional $10 million by the tax bump and then use the proceeds to hire 80 new employees to make up 18 crews to fill potholes on Chicago’s streets. This past winter was the worse on record with an expected million plus potholes being filled by the end of the year and a record breaking number of pothole related vehicle damage claims filed as well.