CHINATOWN — If you’re planning a Sunday visit to Chinatown, be prepared to pay to park: Metered parking on Sundays has returned to the neighborhood.
According to a public notice sent out Thanksgiving Day by the office of Ald. Daniel Solis (25th), the reinstatement of metered parking on Sunday came “at the request of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and the Chinatown Square Association.”
Solis was not immediately available for comment.
The change took effect on Sunday, and drivers will now have to pay to park between 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays.
Here’s where you can expect to see metered parking in the neighborhood:
• Wentworth Avenue
• Cermak Road
• Archer Avenue
• Secondary streets north of Chinatown Square and east/west of Wentworth Avenue
• Chinatown Square's outdoor parking lot
When Mayor Rahm Emanuel renegotiated a 75-year parking-meter lease in 2013, giving control of the meters to a private company, the deal included free Sunday parking. But Emanuel said he would consider requests from aldermen who wanted paid parking to remain on Sundays.
Emanuel eventually agreed to reinstate paid Sunday parking, proposing an ordinance in 2014 that named dozens of areas — primarily business districts — where meters run from 10 a.m.-8 p.m on Sundays.
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