Downtown Parking Costs on the Rise for 2009

It's yet another reason not to drive to work in Chicago

Monday, Nov 17, 2008  |  Updated 10:00 AM CDT
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Downtown Parking Costs on the Rise for 2009

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The cars backed into the famous parking garage of Marina Towers in downtown Chicago.

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Like with most things these days, the cost of parking your car is getting more expensive.

A newly released survey finds the average price of parking in the Loop to be about $30, 20% more than it was in 2005.

The good news is that if you're willing to walk a ways, you can save some money. 

Chicago Sun-Times survey of a broader downtown area found the average cost to park for 12 hours is $23.50, and the median rate -- half of the lots and garages charge less, half charge more -- is $24.

Anyway you slice it, however, getting to work -- if you still have a job -- is going to cost you more in 2009.

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