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Old 02-02-2009, 11:26 PM
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Default Parking meters installed near Comiskey

I visited a friend today who lives at 35th and Dearborn. This is my first time dropping in on him since the playoffs ended.

The City of Chicago has installed parking meters along both sides of 35th Street west of State Street towards the Dan Ryan and along State Street south of 35th Street. These meters have to be fed seven days a week 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.


I did not check the rates because those are changing soon (probably to $1.00 per hour).

Word to the wise: This is not an invitation to get political about the City of Chicago, Mayor Daley, etc. Do not provide an opinion about the motives of the City behind the installation of these meters that could be political or the motives of those who may or may not have been involved in the decision.

The meters are there for revenue. If you want to get deeper than that, start a thread here: www.wsiforums.com

Ok. Cringe about the shrinking pool of free parking at ball games.
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:29 PM
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I visited a friend today who lives at 35th and Dearborn. This is my first time dropping in on him since the playoffs ended.

The City of Chicago has installed parking meters along both sides of 35th Street west of State Street towards the Dan Ryan and along State Street south of 35th Street. These meters have to be fed seven days a week 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.


I did not check the rates because those are changing soon (probably to $1.00 per hour).
Does the city still install meters or did they sell that to the same place they sold the meter revenue to? This could be a slippery slope. It would be in the company's best interest to have as many meters as possible, so hopfully, the city still determines their placement.
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:30 PM
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Does the city still install meters or did they sell that to the same place they sold the meter revenue to? This could be a slippery slope. It would be in the company's best interest to have as many meters as possible, so hopfully, the city still determines their placement.
Good points. It is out of the City's control is my understanding....
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:54 PM
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I don't really mind, about $5 is always better then over $22. I've never really parked at the free sites, part of it is probably not knowing the city well enough and being too lazy to research it, but I'm also really paranoid/cynical, and would be worried about getting my car towed or something, so in a weird way, with the meters I know I can park there and it's not supposed to restricted to certain people with permits or something
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:56 PM
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I assume they don't have two hour limits like a lot of meters in the city?
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:09 AM
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I assume they don't have two hour limits like a lot of meters in the city?
They do.

www.Parkmagicchicago.com is the way around it (usually).
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:15 AM
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Meh, I always bring en extra $20 bucks and park in the lot. It's safe, simple, and it offers a great place to tailgate before the game without worrying about getting an open container citation. Plus there is a specific entity to go after if my car ever is broken into.
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:27 AM
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that's hellalame, but it doesn't effect me yet, and I bet as soon as it does it'll really piss me off. But since I'm from Toledo, I just take Amtrak to Chicago, walk a block or two to the Clinton street Station, take teh subway down to Jackson, switch to the red line, take it to Sox-35th walk to the park and im in and do the opposite and go home. Typing that makes me miss my random Chicago day trips.
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They do.

www.Parkmagicchicago.com is the way around it (usually).

Does that work at all meters?
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:33 AM
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Does that work at all meters?
Inside the city. That is what those zone stickers on the meters are for. I have it, it's great! Just don't forget to call in the next two hours while you're at the game.
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:27 AM
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Inside the city. That is what those zone stickers on the meters are for. I have it, it's great! Just don't forget to call in the next two hours while you're at the game.
How much does that parkmagic cost because I couldn't find the price online?
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what about the development at the sw corner of 35th and state? is that still free or has that gone to permit?
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How much does that parkmagic cost because I couldn't find the price online?
It appears that there is a wait list until the program expands. When I bought into the deal when it started about two years ago, it was a $15.00 payment which was credited to my account. The best way to describe the program is that it is an I-Pass for Chicago parking meters. I've heard they are expanding the program because the owner of the parking meters is trying to get away from actual cash in the meters.

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what about the development at the sw corner of 35th and state? is that still free or has that gone to permit?
No comment......

The direction of those streets have been reconfigured. Look out carefully at the the one-way and do not enter signs.
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The direction of those streets have been reconfigured. Look out carefully at the the one-way and do not enter signs.
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:57 AM
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I thought I read that the meter rates are increasing to $3.50 per hour, then escalating to $6.50 per hour in a few years.
At those rates it's better to just pay the 20 bucks to park in the lot and have your car off the street.
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