City Approves Softer Valet Crackdown

Valet companies serving Chicago restaurants, bars and hotels would be required to provide enough off-street parking spaces to serve 15 percent of the establishment’s capacity, under a watered-down ordinance approved by the City Council Tuesday.

Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) said he agreed to soften the requirement -- from his original demand for 25 percent -- under pressure from Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) and his colleagues in the Illinois Restaurant Association.

Instead of standing firm, Reilly agreed to raise the current 10 percent requirement to just 15 percent and see if that’s enough to stop the most flagrant abuses.

Fran Spielman has details in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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