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Aug 31st, 2013, 07:06 AM
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Chicago - Meters on Sundays and holidays

Are the parking meters in the Chicago loop (or near the loop) free on Sundays and holidays?

I have been reading about parking options for an overnight stay from Sunday into Labor Day. I think at one time, there was free parking on Sunday. However, that may have changed.

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Aug 31st, 2013, 07:25 AM
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Pretty sure you have to pay.
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Aug 31st, 2013, 08:21 AM
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Parking meters in The Loop an River North are enforced 7-days per week including holidays. Some spaces are enforced 24-hours per day while others are only enforced 8 am until midnight.

Sundays are free only in some residential areas.
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Aug 31st, 2013, 09:30 AM
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I found the answer to my question. Earlier this week, I contacted the Chicago parking department and they called me back this morning.

Typically the meters in the loop are in force 24 hours per day. They are not free on Sunday nor on holidays.

I asked if some areas were free and she said they are mainly north of North Ave., west of Halstead or South of Roosevelt. (I would double-check before not paying.)
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Aug 31st, 2013, 11:17 AM
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Thanks too to the people who helped!
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Aug 31st, 2013, 12:18 PM
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You didn't really think Chicago would NOT collect money, if there was a way to do it, did you? haha

I'm a down-stater, not a Chicagoan; love the city, but it's expensive to park.
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Aug 31st, 2013, 06:03 PM
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Chicago doesn't operate the parking meters in the city. In 2008, they were leased to a private company for 75-years in return for a cash payment of $1.2 billion that the city spent within two-years. It's one of the legacies of the Daley Administration.
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Aug 31st, 2013, 06:14 PM
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Yes, now I remember that, Citylghts. Foolish move.
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Aug 31st, 2013, 08:24 PM
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>You didn't really think Chicago would NOT collect money, if there was a way to do it, did you? haha


Well, in searching out information, I did see where someone had kept their car in a garage through the week and then parked on the street for free on a Sunday and Memorial Day. But since it seems like the rates have been in a state of flux, I figured I should check that out.
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Sep 2nd, 2013, 03:15 PM
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parkwhiz.com gives parking prices near a location (not just Chicago)
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