WEST LOOP — In an effort to improve the West Loop's parking woes, leaders will present details of the neighborhood's new parking plan at a meeting Wednesday night.
West Loop leaders will present the new morning parking ban plan at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Chicago Children's Theatre, 100 S. Racine Ave. The meeting, hosted by the West Central Association and West Loop Community Organization, is open to the public.
Three West Loop aldermen — Ald. Danny Solis (25th), Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) and Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) — are expected to attend.
In addition to presenting the morning parking ban plan, West Loop leaders will ask for feedback from area residents to help plan for the neighborhood's future parking needs, said Armando Chacon, West Central Association president.
Aimed at discouraging suburban "day-trippers" from parking in the area and heading to work Downtown, the morning parking ban will prohibit street parking from 7 to 9 a.m. weekdays, but makes an exception for West Loop residents.
Unlike a previous pilot program that banned parking from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, residents will be able to obtain a permit to park on streets from 7 to 9 a.m. weekdays. The parking plan aims to improve parking in an area bound by West Van Buren Street on the south, West Washington Street on the north, Green Street on the east and Ashland Avenue on the west.
The parking plan is slated to be considered at City Council in July, where it is likely to be approved, said Reggie Stewart, who heads Burnett's committee on traffic safety.
Signs prohibiting parking from 7 to 9 a.m. on weekdays will be installed on more than 20 blocks. Parking signs are expected to be installed later this summer, Chacon said.