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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.

White Announces Black Friday Crackdown On Disability Parking

Don’t even think about it!

If you have some Black Friday shopping planned at a mall and see that alluring empty space reserved for handicapped drivers–don’t even consider parking there.

That’s because Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is sending out stepped up enforcement to bust people who illegally park in these spots.

Illinois Secretary of State Police will be at Water Tower Place and Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, as well as malls in Carbondale, Champaign, Peoria, Fairview Heights, Marion, Rockford and Springfield according to the Daily Herald.

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.

Divvy Bike Stations Eating Up Plenty Of Parking Spaces

A Divvy bike station at Damen and Pierce. Photo credit: Alisa Hauser/DNA Info Chicago.

37 of the new 117 Divvy bike stations have been installed on streets where parking for motor vehicles used to be according to DNA Info.

Most of the bike rental stations for the recently launched city bike share program are on sidewalks. But approximately 30% have eaten up precious parking spots. Some of the parking spots were free, while others were loading zones and metered parking. Each of the 37 Divvy stations take up two parking spots, or approximately 74 parking spaces according to Chicago Department of Transportation spokesperson Scott Kubly.

According to the DNA story,  Kubly also says the metered spots taken up by Divvy stations are replaced by other metered spots somewhere else.

CDOT Programs Eliminating Street Parking Getting Mixed Reaction

Lincoln Avenue "People Spot"

Recent programs being spearheaded by the Chicago Department of Transportation are, in some cases, removing parking spaces for motor vehicles.

But the public seems to be divided on the issue.

Bike stations for CDOT’s brand new Divvy bike share initiative are in some locations being placed where they eliminate street parking. DNA Info reports about one such location in Wicker Park.

Initially, CDOT had placed the Divvy station in the 1300 block of N. Milwaukee Ave.  (at Wood St.)  which took up over two metered parking spaces. The station was then moved to Wood Street where it now eliminates five to six free parking spots.

This move has angered at least one local business owner.

Valet Leaves Early, Leaves Drivers’ Cars Locked Up Overnight

Returning to the parking lot where they had parked their cars to see a downtown show, a few dozen people found the garage locked with their cars inside last week.

According to CBS 2 News, many car owners attending WVON Radio’s 50th Anniversary celebration parked at a garage at 60 E. Randolph, handing their keys over to the valet service.

Parking Restrictions Return To Lakeview For Cubs 1st Night Game

The first two Cubs’ night games of the 2013 season Tuesday and Wednesday nights will bring even more traffic gridlock and parking chaos in the North Side neighborhoods surrounding the field.

Police and 10 city tow trucks will be out in force starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday evening ticketing and towing cars parked on area residential streets which do not display the residential parking permits or guest passes with the LV-2 or 383 designations. The restrictions continue until 10 p.m.

The parking tickets carry a $50 fine, but drivers will also have to pay $160 to retrieve their car from the auto pound.

“We ask people to watch for parking signs in residential neighborhoods,” said Department of Streets and Sanitation spokeswoman Anne Sheahan. “We don’t want anyone getting parking tickets. Just be respectful of the neighborhood and watch for signs.”

The strict parking restrictions — in an area roughly bordered by Lake Shore Drive to the east, Ravenswood Avenue to the west, Belmont Avenue to the south and Montrose Avenue to the north — will be in effect for 27 Cubs night games this year, and possibly more.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Some Lakeview Residents Opposed To More Parking

In the battle involving the Chicago Cubs, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), rooftop owners and neighborhood residents over renovations to Wrigley Field, parking has been one of the main issues of concern.

But some Wrigleyville residents are opposed to the idea of adding more parking in Lakeview.

According to DNA Info Chicago, a group of Lakeview residents claim the current lots and garages in the area are under utilized and building more parking spaces will increase traffic in an already congested neighborhood.

City Of Chicago Parking Taxes Going Up & Down

Parking garage at 220 N. Wells. Photo courtesy of Spot Hero.com

Good news and bad news for drivers who park in Chicago parking lots and garages.

That’s because city parking taxes are both going up and down, under a new proposal by Mayor Rahm Emanuel according to the Chicago Tribune.

Currently, if drivers pay $12 or more to park in a garage or lot they are on the hook for an additional $5 parking tax.

If the parking fee is under $12, there is no additional tax.

Emanuel’s proposal is to charge a 20% tax on all parking fees.

This means motorists who utilize low cost parking and have avoided paying tax, will now have to start paying some taxes while those rates in the middle will see a decrease.

Drivers with high parking rates will see an increase in the total tax they pay according to the Tribune.

The city says it takes in $122 million a year in parking tax revenue, but expects the new tax structure to neither increase nor decrease the amount of parking revenue it takes in each year.

According to the story, Cook County is also considering a change in the way it levies taxes on parking.

Here’s the Chicago Tribune story, “Parking taxes could go up for some.”

Parking Garage Mistake Costs Chicago Taxpayers $58 Million

Did anyone read the fine print?

That’s the question people in City Hall are probably asking after a ruling from an arbitrator directed the City of Chicago to cough up $57.8 million to compensate Chicago Loop Parking, LLC for a breach of contract according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Under former Mayor Richard Daley, back in 2006 the city signed a 99-year lease for $563 million to allow Morgan Stanley (now Chicago Loop Parking, LLC) to operate four city owned parking garages–Millennium Park garage, and the Chicago Park District’s Grant Park North, Grant Park South and East Monroe Street parking structures.