Say Goodbye to Free Lakefront Parking

Lakeside parking will cost $1 per hour once plans finalize

By Kristin Nehls
|  Thursday, Aug 20, 2009  |  Updated 1:02 AM CDT
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Say Goodbye to Free Lakefront Parking

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We're definitely gonna see some of these pop up around the lakefront.

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Free parking along the lakefront will be a thing of the past in about four to six weeks, Chicago Park District leaders said Tuesday.

Spots that currently cost you nada will run for $1 per hour once the Park District finalizes its deal with Standard Parking to take over management of over 4,400 spaces, the Chicago Tribune reports. The deal was approved in May.

Aldermen – who approved Mayor Richard Daley’s parking deal with only vague doubts – questioned Park District Supt. Tim Mitchell about the privatization plan at a City Council hearing. Aldermen have faced the consequences of a community that is upset about higher city meter rates and what the community thinks is a poor transition to the private operator.

“This was a done deal back in November,” Mitchell said.

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