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Baines
08-13-2013, 03:06 PM
I'm thinking of going to the game Wednesday afternoon. Does anyone park on the street? If so what streets have unrestricted free parking (no neighborhood sticker), and how far away from the park are they? I thought west of Halsted or north of 29th might.

Does anyone have experience with this?

Thanks.

34 Inch Stick
08-13-2013, 04:06 PM
JR, under the guise of the City, are making it more difficult but there is parking on State at about 37th. I would bet it is a .5 mile walk, maybe longer. It's worth it to me to save $20 for very little effort.

Milw
08-13-2013, 05:00 PM
I hate to give away my secret spot, but there's always parking on Canal north of 27th. It's a good 15-minute walk, but I figure the exercise I get cancels out the hot dog I'm about to eat. :D:

bunkaroo
08-13-2013, 05:53 PM
I had to street park on opening day and found it on 28th and Normal without a problem. 15 minutes sounds right. So save over a buck a minute! Spend your savings on a pork chop sandwich on your way there!

russ99
08-13-2013, 06:10 PM
All the usual street parking west of the park is now permit parking. This was a change as of this season.

Kind of a scam, if you ask me...

amsteel
08-13-2013, 06:41 PM
All the usual street parking west of the park is now permit parking. This was a change as of this season.

Kind of a scam, if you ask me...

West of Halsted?

Sargeant79
08-14-2013, 04:06 PM
I haven't been to a game in a few years since I moved, so some of this might have changed...

When I didn't live in the neighborhood, I'd park for free on Normal just south of Pershing. The street would usually fill up down toward Root street on a weekend game, but you could park right next to the factory on Pershing and Normal most of the time.

Also, Cobblestone's on Pershing and Parnell used to have a deal where they'd let you park in their lot for $10, which could be used as a credit toward your food and beverage purchase with them.

Curious to know if any of this info is still good, as I'll be back in Chicago in September and might try to catch a game while I'm there.

doublem23
08-14-2013, 04:17 PM
Also, Cobblestone's on Pershing and Parnell used to have a deal where they'd let you park in their lot for $10, which could be used as a credit toward your food and beverage purchase with them.

Curious to know if any of this info is still good, as I'll be back in Chicago in September and might try to catch a game while I'm there.

I don't think they're open any more

ChiSoxFann
08-14-2013, 04:28 PM
I don't think they're open any more

Yep, Cobblestones has been closed for a few years now. I used to park west of Halsted near Catchers but then the No Parking signs started popping up once Catchers closed. A friend of mine always parked south of 39th so that's where we go now.

Mr. Jinx
08-14-2013, 10:44 PM
Side note, why did all those bars close up? Seemed like they were around forever, and now in the last 2 years a lot of bars near the park are going belly up.

skobabe8
08-15-2013, 11:31 AM
I parked at Cobblestone's once and it was a pretty good deal. Used the credit for their muffaletta sandwich and it was a boss.

I also spent a couple of nights at Catchers back in the day. It seemed like the quintessential Chicago corner bar. But I think they had increased patronage from some shady characters their last couple of years that scared away their regular business. At least from what I was told.

On the flip side, both Cork and Turtles seem to be slammed before every game. Nice to see that (unless you are looking for a seat at the bar).

WhiteSox5187
08-15-2013, 03:25 PM
I don't think they're open any more

I think their lot is still open though.

Sargeant79
08-15-2013, 03:35 PM
I don't think they're open any more

That's too bad. I've got lots of good memories of that place, plus it's where I watched game 4 of the 2005 World Series.

Lundind1
08-15-2013, 10:39 PM
I think their lot is still open though.

Cobblestones has been closed for a while. They got into a fight over their liquor license and lost it. The lot there is gated but it was like that for years and it is locked now.

Catchers has been closed for about a year, but that place was a huge problem for the neighborhood.

Schaller's is your place to park, great food and great bar.

The problem we are having here is the fact that the workers are parking on our streets. Would it be a huge issue to let all the workers park in their lots? I know this is a huge issue and the Sox are really going to hear about it soon.

DSpivack
08-15-2013, 11:14 PM
Cobblestones has been closed for a while. They got into a fight over their liquor license and lost it. The lot there is gated but it was like that for years and it is locked now.

Catchers has been closed for about a year, but that place was a huge problem for the neighborhood.

Schaller's is your place to park, great food and great bar.

The problem we are having here is the fact that the workers are parking on our streets. Would it be a huge issue to let all the workers park in their lots? I know this is a huge issue and the Sox are really going to hear about it soon.

There isn't a lot for employees? :scratch:

doublem23
08-16-2013, 03:11 AM
There isn't a lot for employees? :scratch:

:reinsy
Sure there is, that will be $20, please.

salty99
08-16-2013, 09:41 AM
There isn't a lot for employees? :scratch:

I've seen employees park in Lot G for years including this year.

bunkaroo
08-16-2013, 10:59 AM
I've seen employees park in Lot G for years including this year.

A-ha - this explains it!

I always park in lot G since it's easy to get out. I noticed this year, instead of parking people close to 35th st, all those spots seem to be taken even 1.5 hours before the game, and it's not tailgaters. So the paying customer is parked as far down as the 33rd St. side of the lot. That's happened every game I've been to this season when I've parked there.

Yet another indicator the employees don't seem to give a **** this year, or give a **** even less than usual.

Milw
08-16-2013, 01:33 PM
When I was a lowly gift shop employee back in the late 90s, we were allowed to park in Lot G for a reduced rate (I believe it was like $7 when regular parking was maybe $12?). I'd be surprised to hear that's not still the case. Although making your employees pay to park at all is pretty ridiculous, especially when you consider that I was only making $7.50/hr.

Oh, White Sox. How I loathe to love you.

BainesHOF
08-16-2013, 11:38 PM
I was sorry to see Catchers close. That was my pregame and postgame stop for a number of years. You could always find parking there and it was hard to beat $1 pint drafts. Some gangbangers started to hang out there in its last couple years, but I never had a problem there, and closed the played fairly regularly in the summer. A Connie's delivery guy would often bring in a pizza after his shift. Unbelievably, bluesman Linsey Alexander would play Catchers regularly and there wouldn't even be a cover charge.

Now I park for free on Halsted south of 36th where there are no meters. It's a bit of a walk, but I refuse to pay for parking.

Lundind1
08-18-2013, 08:29 AM
There isn't a lot for employees? :scratch:

Yes, and some do, but there are other staff members that park all over the place for games and are starting to cause a huge problem for residents.

I can't even begin to tell you how many times I see game day staff parking by us and walking to the park. People are really starting to get tired of the whole thing around here.

DSpivack
08-18-2013, 01:03 PM
Yes, and some do, but there are other staff members that park all over the place for games and are starting to cause a huge problem for residents.

I can't even begin to tell you how many times I see game day staff parking by us and walking to the park. People are really starting to get tired of the whole thing around here.

If there's a free lot for employees, why would some bother parking what I assume to be further away in the neighborhood?

Milw
08-18-2013, 02:04 PM
If there's a free lot for employees, why would some bother parking what I assume to be further away in the neighborhood?
As mentioned earlier in the thread, the employee lot is not free, merely discounted.

DSpivack
08-18-2013, 03:00 PM
As mentioned earlier in the thread, the employee lot is not free, merely discounted.

Wasn't sure it still was paid, as you said it was ~15 years ago. That really blows, they should offer free parking at least.

Wedema
08-18-2013, 08:54 PM
Yes, and some do, but there are other staff members that park all over the place for games and are starting to cause a huge problem for residents.

I can't even begin to tell you how many times I see game day staff parking by us and walking to the park. People are really starting to get tired of the whole thing around here.


If the staff is parking in the neighborhood, they must have a paper parking pass for their car window. The only way to acquire a pass is to get it from a resident in the neighborhood. If people in your neighborhood are getting tired of it, advise them not to sell or give out their passes that they get at the alderman's office.

Lundind1
08-18-2013, 10:03 PM
If the staff is parking in the neighborhood, they must have a paper parking pass for their car window. The only way to acquire a pass is to get it from a resident in the neighborhood. If people in your neighborhood are getting tired of it, advise them not to sell or give out their passes that they get at the alderman's office.

I am not going to speculate on how the people are getting them, just that all game day staff should be parking in the lots. There is plenty of lot space for everyone these days.

As for advising to not sell, no one would own up to it because it is a $500 fine each offense. They did crack down on that practice a few years ago too.

I can honestly tell you that this has only become an issue the last few years. The combination of incredibly high parking rates and game day staff have turned parking in parts of bridgeport into parking in wrigleyville. That is why we came here, to get away from that issue.

When I worked in sports, we made sure to have enough spots dedicated to game day staff and offered train and bus fare incentives for our employees as well.

Sorry to hear the sox make their employees pay to park in the lots, that should be a given benefit.

DSpivack
08-18-2013, 11:39 PM
I am not going to speculate on how the people are getting them, just that all game day staff should be parking in the lots. There is plenty of lot space for everyone these days.

As for advising to not sell, no one would own up to it because it is a $500 fine each offense. They did crack down on that practice a few years ago too.

I can honestly tell you that this has only become an issue the last few years. The combination of incredibly high parking rates and game day staff have turned parking in parts of bridgeport into parking in wrigleyville. That is why we came here, to get away from that issue.

When I worked in sports, we made sure to have enough spots dedicated to game day staff and offered train and bus fare incentives for our employees as well.

Sorry to hear the sox make their employees pay to park in the lots, that should be a given benefit.
This sounds like it should be a no-brainer to me. Should be...?

doublem23
08-18-2013, 11:45 PM
This sounds like it should be a no-brainer to me. Should be...?

I don't know, I can think of plenty of places where you have to pay for parking, hell, when I worked in Peoria to park in the county garage it was like $20 a month; all that land to park cars isn't free.

Marqhead
08-18-2013, 11:52 PM
This sounds like it should be a no-brainer to me. Should be...?

I don't know, I can think of plenty of places where you have to pay for parking, hell, when I worked in Peoria to park in the county garage it was like $20 a month; all that land to park cars isn't free.

If anything there should be a benefit to pay for the parking/transit before taxes. From the surface it sounds like the Sox being greedy, but my company (and I'd assume most others) doesn't pay for me to get to work each day. What they do offer is to have my parking or transit costs paid for out of my check each week before taxes so that I'd end up saving a few hundred dollars a year.

Brian26
08-19-2013, 12:04 AM
I can honestly tell you that this has only become an issue the last few years. The combination of incredibly high parking rates and game day staff have turned parking in parts of bridgeport into parking in wrigleyville. That is why we came here, to get away from that issue.

Makes sense to me. You wanted to get away from the congestion of living in the same neighborhood as a major league ballpark. You made a wise choice. Of all the other neighborhoods to move to in Chicago, you did well. You picked the other neighborhood with a major league ballpark. Kudos.
:thumbsup: Guess what? They have lights and night games in Bridgeport, too.

doublem23
08-19-2013, 12:28 AM
If anything there should be a benefit to pay for the parking/transit before taxes. From the surface it sounds like the Sox being greedy, but my company (and I'd assume most others) doesn't pay for me to get to work each day. What they do offer is to have my parking or transit costs paid for out of my check each week before taxes so that I'd end up saving a few hundred dollars a year.

:yup:

The only caveat is that employers have to sign up for the program for employees to take advantage of the tax benefit, but I can't imagine there's any major employer in Chicago that doesn't.

DSpivack
08-19-2013, 01:15 AM
If anything there should be a benefit to pay for the parking/transit before taxes. From the surface it sounds like the Sox being greedy, but my company (and I'd assume most others) doesn't pay for me to get to work each day. What they do offer is to have my parking or transit costs paid for out of my check each week before taxes so that I'd end up saving a few hundred dollars a year.

I agree in most cases, but in this case the employer is a ballpark surrounded by a sea of parking lots, with other lots available nearby. It'd be like big box stores charging employees for parking.

fungo bat
08-19-2013, 03:55 AM
As a courtesy to their fans and to people who live in the neighborhood, the White Sox should allow ALL employees to park for free in a specified lot.

Making employees pay for parking, even if it's at a discount, forces employees to seek free parking in the neighborhood. This angers those who live in the area, as well as fans seeking free parking on the street some distance from the park.

White Sox employees, by and large, aren't paid very much anyway. Why can't the team provide free parking?

dickallen15
08-19-2013, 06:41 AM
I am not going to speculate on how the people are getting them, just that all game day staff should be parking in the lots. There is plenty of lot space for everyone these days.

As for advising to not sell, no one would own up to it because it is a $500 fine each offense. They did crack down on that practice a few years ago too.

I can honestly tell you that this has only become an issue the last few years. The combination of incredibly high parking rates and game day staff have turned parking in parts of bridgeport into parking in wrigleyville. That is why we came here, to get away from that issue.

When I worked in sports, we made sure to have enough spots dedicated to game day staff and offered train and bus fare incentives for our employees as well.

Sorry to hear the sox make their employees pay to park in the lots, that should be a given benefit.

Again if they are getting passes, your neighbors are providing them. It would be pretty hard for residents to complain about an issue they are causing.

Milw
08-19-2013, 09:44 PM
I don't know, I can think of plenty of places where you have to pay for parking, hell, when I worked in Peoria to park in the county garage it was like $20 a month; all that land to park cars isn't free.

I'm not sure how comparable $20 a month is to $7 a day (or whatever it is now).

palehosepub
08-19-2013, 10:21 PM
My tip is to go to Shinnick's Pub at 3758 S Union, buy a drink and ask politely for a parking pass for the street and they will give you one.

$3-$4 for a beer.

A six block walk to the park.

Shinnick's is a quiet neighborhood place, and you are not going to get blender drinks or craft beers. So don't ask them for one (or you will get "The Look")! It is mostly canned beer and bottles of Heineken and your basic mixed drinks (Jack & Coke, Vodka Tonic etc.)

Been going there for 20+ years, the only times I have had an issue is with getting a pass is Opening Day and, years ago, the Sox/ Cubs games when they would run out of street passes.

Wedema
08-19-2013, 10:24 PM
I'm not sure how comparable $20 a month is to $7 a day (or whatever it is now).

Parking is currently $20 and $10 on Sundays.

Mr. Jinx
08-20-2013, 12:09 AM
I am not going to speculate on how the people are getting them, just that all game day staff should be parking in the lots. There is plenty of lot space for everyone these days.

As for advising to not sell, no one would own up to it because it is a $500 fine each offense. They did crack down on that practice a few years ago too.

I can honestly tell you that this has only become an issue the last few years. The combination of incredibly high parking rates and game day staff have turned parking in parts of bridgeport into parking in wrigleyville. That is why we came here, to get away from that issue.

When I worked in sports, we made sure to have enough spots dedicated to game day staff and offered train and bus fare incentives for our employees as well.

Sorry to hear the sox make their employees pay to park in the lots, that should be a given benefit.

Parking is cheaper now than is was a few years ago.

beasly213
08-20-2013, 09:01 AM
I am not going to speculate on how the people are getting them, just that all game day staff should be parking in the lots. There is plenty of lot space for everyone these days.

As for advising to not sell, no one would own up to it because it is a $500 fine each offense. They did crack down on that practice a few years ago too.

I can honestly tell you that this has only become an issue the last few years. The combination of incredibly high parking rates and game day staff have turned parking in parts of bridgeport into parking in wrigleyville. That is why we came here, to get away from that issue.

When I worked in sports, we made sure to have enough spots dedicated to game day staff and offered train and bus fare incentives for our employees as well.

Sorry to hear the sox make their employees pay to park in the lots, that should be a given benefit.



I'm not sure where you live in Bridgeport, but I was at 34th and Lowe for around 4 years, just moved out of the city about a year and a half ago and I never once had an issue with finding a parking spot within a block of my building. I think the furthest I ever had to park was the corner of 33rd and Lowe. I would see employees parking all the time in the area and like others said, they were given guest passes by people in the neighborhood, not a big deal..

To compare the congestion of Bridgeport to Wrigleyville is ridiculous

My_Sox_Summer
08-20-2013, 11:10 AM
I'm not sure where you live in Bridgeport, but I was at 34th and Lowe for around 4 years, just moved out of the city about a year and a half ago and I never once had an issue with finding a parking spot within a block of my building. I think the furthest I ever had to park was the corner of 33rd and Lowe. I would see employees parking all the time in the area and like others said, they were given guest passes by people in the neighborhood, not a big deal..

To compare the congestion of Bridgeport to Wrigleyville is ridiculous

Yeah, I live in Bridgeport too, never had an issue with parking. Maybe have to walk a block, but usually we have rockstar parking in front of our place. You can park at Schaller's Pump too. They will drive you down too. Buffalo Rings and Things has a shuttle too.

Wrigley is a mess up there. No way that is even similar to what we deal with on the South Side.

Lundind1
08-21-2013, 11:14 PM
I'm not sure where you live in Bridgeport, but I was at 34th and Lowe for around 4 years, just moved out of the city about a year and a half ago and I never once had an issue with finding a parking spot within a block of my building. I think the furthest I ever had to park was the corner of 33rd and Lowe. I would see employees parking all the time in the area and like others said, they were given guest passes by people in the neighborhood, not a big deal..

To compare the congestion of Bridgeport to Wrigleyville is ridiculous

Okay, but I was saying that I noticed a problem with it just within the last 2 seasons or less. I am not the only one who is having a problem with it.

Maybe we ought to get the sox to only charge a reasonable rate for parking, no?

But I am at 37th and it is getting really bad here. So bad so that people are in the neighborhood are changing the signs from no thru traffic to no sox employees. I did live in both and I stand by my comparison. Not on a daily basis mind you, and certainly not congestion, but the parking issue here is getting bad with the game day employees.