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Pritzker Parking Garage: Meet Rogers Park's Other Parking Garages

By Benjamin Woodard | January 15, 2014 7:56am
 A controversial 250-car garage to be built by Jennifer Pritzker would be at least the neighborhood's sixth.
Rogers Park's Parking Garages
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ROGERS PARK — Col. Jennifer Pritzker's controversial, 250-car parking garage planned for Sheridan Road won't be the first structure built to ease the neighborhood's parking woes.

In fact, it'll be at least the sixth, according to a review of neighborhood property by DNAinfo Chicago.

Pritzker and her development team, Tawani Enterprises, became the target of protesters throughout much of 2013 as Ald. Joe Moore (49th) took his time to decide whether to support the zoning changes needed to build the four-story garage in place of a former Buddhist meditation center.

The opposition argued that the garage would detract from Sheridan Road's character, harm the lakefront and encourage people to drive rather than use public transportation.

But Moore eventually announced his support of Pritzker's garage, calling it a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" for a neighborhood with a big parking shortage.

Tawani has since demolished the single-family home at 7331 N. Sheridan Road and has applied for building permits that would allow it to begin the year-long construction project, said Serina Aidasani, a Tawani spokeswoman.

Yet from Howard Street to the north and West Sheridan Road to the south, Rogers Park is home to at least six large structures — totaling more than 1,800 parking spaces — devoted to stowing away the neighborhood's cars.

The Howard Station garage, 7474 N. Rogers Ave.

The Chicago Transportation Authority advertises a park-and-ride facility at the Howard "L" station, managed by Standard Parking, which was built as part of the Gateway Centre shopping development that now includes a shuttered Dominick's.

Parking spaces: 592


0-2 hours: $2

2-6 hours: $5

6-12 hours: $6

12-24 hours: $12

Monthly: $89 (with $25 activation fee)

Kevin McGivern's garage, 1419 W. Howard St.

McGivern, a longtime Rogers Park resident, owns a three-story parking and storage facility on Howard Street. He accepts monthly parkers who need to store their cars in a temperature-controlled environment. He declined to discuss parking rates.

He said he's not worried about Pritzker's new garage that will be built just down the street.

"I have no problem with what she's doing," he said. "I think it's a good idea to have parking there."

McGivern, a developer and business owner, said Pritzker's investments would help improve quality of life in Rogers Park.

"She's changing the neighborhood and you have to give people some leeway when they're changing a neighborhood," he said.

Parking Spaces: 25

Rates: Negotiable

Loyola's Main garage, 1110 W. Sheridan Road

Two parking garages are on Loyola University's lake shore campus. Its main parking structure doesn't allow public parkers and only allows faculty, staff and students to park.

The only exception is for residents living between West Glenlake Avenue and West Pratt Boulevard, and North Glenwood Avenue to the lake, who might have been affected by Loyola's closure of the 6300 block of North Kenmore Avenue.

Parking between 2 and 5 a.m. is banned for everyone, and Loyola discourages its students and faculty from driving oncampus, university spokeswoman Maeve Kileyb said.

"Loyola is interested in reducing the number of cars on campus," she said, "not creating more parking."

Parking Spaces: 830

Rates: Permit only

Loyola's Fordham garage, 6415 N. Sheridan Road

The university's second garage nearby allows daily public parking.

Parking Spaces: 235

Rates: $7 daily

The Morgan's garage, 1210 W. Arthur Ave.

The Morgan housing development, across the street from Loyola's Fordham garage, boasts a garage managed by Impark.

Parking Spaces: about 150


First 1/2 hour: free

0-10 hours: $5

10-16 hours: $11

16-24 hours: $13

Monthly (non-resident): $156.78

Pritzker Parking Garage, planned for 7331 N. Sheridan Road

Many of the garage's spaces would be used for Pritzker's nearby developments, including the Farcroft Apartments and Emil Bach House. Pritzker's development team says 84 spaces would be set aside specifically for neighborhood residents.

Parking Spaces: 250


30 minutes: $1

30-60 minutes: $2

2 hours: $4

3 hours: $6

Daily: $8

Overnight only: $4

Monthly: $150