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Goodbye, Free Parking Spot: Here's Where The City Will Put 752 New Meters

By  Heather Cherone and Tanveer Ali | November 28, 2016 5:28am 

 New pay boxes are coming to Chicago's streets.
New pay boxes are coming to Chicago's streets.
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DNAinfo/Mike Brockway

CHICAGO — Some of the most coveted real estate in Chicago will disappear in the coming months.

Drivers who rely on free street parking spots will likely have to feed a meter in the coming months under a plan approved by the City Council as part of the 2017 budget.

The firm that leases Chicago's parking meters got the green light to install 752 new parking meters — 153 in the Loop — with the rest spread throughout the city.

Drivers will also pay $2 more to park at a meter near Wrigley Field starting two hours before Chicago Cubs games and other special events at the Friendly Confines and ending one hour afterward.


Drivers will have to pay more to park near Wrigley Field before and after games and special events. [City of Chicago]

Those efforts will generate $5.4 million, but it won't directly benefit the city. Instead, it will be used to offset the $12 million the city pays every year to the company that leases the city's meter system for spots that are out of service.

The spending plan also puts an end to free parking in loading zones in the 2nd, 27th and 42nd wards. It would cost $14 to park for an hour and add $13 million to $18 million to the city's bottom line every year.

Here's where the new meters will go:

• The south side of the 100 block of West Huron Street

• The west side of the 700 block of North LaSalle Street

• The south side of the first block of West Superior Street

• The north side of the 100 block of West Superior Street

• Both sides of the 400 block of West Taylor Street

• Both sides of the 2000 block of South Archer Avenue

• The south side of the 1907-1933 block of West Cermak Road

• The north side of the 1902-1908 block of West Cermak Road

• The east side of the street from 1800 South Wentworth Avenue through 2000 South Wentworth Avenue

• The east side of the street from 1800 South Wentworth Avenue through 1900 South Wentworth Avenue

• The west side of the street from 2000 South Western Avenue through 2100 South Western Avenue

• The east side of the street from 1801-1843 South Western Avenue

• The east side of the street of the 400 block of West Chicago Avenue

• The north side of the street of the 300 block of West Chestnut Avenue

• Both sides of the street in the 200 block of West Locust Street

• Both sides of the street in the 300 block of West Walton Street

• Both sides of the street in the 300 block of West Oak Street

• Both sides of the street in the 1700 block of West Taylor Street

• Both sides of the street in the 2000 block of West Taylor Street

• both sides of the street from 1000-1100 South Seeley Avenue

• Both sides of the street in the 2000 block of West Grenshaw Street

• Both sides of the street from 1000-1100 South Hoyne Avenue

• Both sides of the street in the 100 block of North Canal Street

• The north side of the street in the 500 block of West Chicago Avenue

• The south side of the street in the 600 block of West Fulton Street

• The west side of the street in the 800 block of North Hudson Avenue

• Both sides of the street in the 200 block of North LaSalle Street

• The west side of the 500 block of North Saint Claire Street

• Both sides of the street in the 800 block of North Sedgwick Street

• The east side of the street in the 700 block of North Sedgwick Street

• Both sides of the street in the 200 block of North Garvey Court

• The north side of the street in the 100 block of West Lake Street

• The North side of the street in the 300 block of West Lake Street

• The south side of the street from the first block of East Madison Street

• The north side of the street from the first block of West Washington Street

• The north side of the street from the 600-700 block of North Kinzie Street

• The south side of the street from the 300-400 block of East North Water Street

• Both sides of the street from 300 East-300 West Wacker Drive on the upper level

• Both sides of the street from 500 South-300 North Wacker Drive on the upper level

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