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Category Archives: Chicago parking

City Crack Down On Valet Parking Companies Yields 229 Violations

 

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.

Logan Square Neighborhood Group Pushes Pro Parking Agenda

Save Our Boulevards' flier warning Logan Square residents of parking challenges from a proposed 1,500 unit development.

Save Our Boulevards’ flier warning Logan Square residents of parking challenges from a proposed 1,500 unit development.

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.

Credit Card Data At Risk From Parking Garage Security Breach

PrintSP+, 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.

City Council Bans Limos From Residential Street Parking

Limo

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.

Mayor Looks To Squeeze Motorists More In 2015 Budget

Self Park signWith 2015 budget hearings getting underway, early indications seem that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is looking to squeeze more money out of motorists.

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.

CBS 2 Busts CDOT Workers Parking Illegally

What happens when city workers park a city owned vehicle illegally?

In general they won’t get a parking ticket, but they could be subjected to unwanted attention from CBS 2′s Mike Parker.

NerdWallet.com Names Chicago Worst Place To Park A Car

#1 foam fingerGet that big foam #1 finger out of storage Chicago–because NerdWallet.com says its the worst place in America to park a car.

The financial advise website used data from a handful of variables to come up with their rankings. The main factors were the average cost of daily parking and the rate of auto theft in each city.

According to NerdWallet.com, Chicago drivers pay an average $35 a day to park in a lot or garage and the motor vehicle theft per capita is 33% above the national average. When you factor in the city’s dubious distinction of having the highest downtown meter rates in the U.S., Chicago picks up the gold medal for worst place to park a car.

Implausibly, Chicago somehow beat out cities like Oakland, San Francisco, New York and Boston for title of worst of the worst.

West Loop ‘Day Tripper’ Parking Restrictions Come Under Fire

West Loop MapIt’s not working.

A pilot program to discourage non-residents or “day trippers” from parking on West Loop streets and then taking public transit to their jobs or to shop downtown is coming under fire from local business groups and some residents according to Gazette Chicago.

The city has put up signs restricting parking on many area streets from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM which are now causing problems and complaints.

Business owners say the ban is hurting businesses.

Neighborhood residents complain it’s making it hard for them to park there cars for long periods near their homes.

Man Shot Over Parking Spot In The Gold Coast

Parking is at a premium in Chicago’s Gold Coast.

The high density residential area is chock full of high rises and is also home to many bars, nightclubs and restaurants which makes things even more frustrating for drivers trying to find a decent, legal parking space–especially on weekends.

We’ll this past Friday night (early Saturday morning), two drivers got into an altercation over what must have been one helluva parking space. Because one of the drivers pulled out a gun and shot the other driver in the stomach on Chestnut near State Street about 4 AM Saturday morning according to the CBS Chicago website.

Chicago’s Worst Parking Spot

An unfortunate car is covered with bird poop in Lakeview. Photo credit: Serena Dai/DNA Info

Parking spots on the streets of Lakeview are hard to come by.

So local residents have to consider if this spot is worth taking if its open when they drive up.

That’s because your car will be covered with bird poop by the next morning if you make the decision to park there–lots of bird poop according to DNA Info. It’s been happening for years according to residents.