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Chicago Parking Meter Holidays

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***UPDATED: NO MORE PARKING METER HOLIDAYS

Thanks to our mayor's effort to sell off every one of Chicago's assets, the parking meters have been privatized, and there will no longer be any free parking at meters on holidays.

There used to be a handful of days that the City of Chicago Department of Revenue "graciously" put in place called "Chicago Parking Meter Holidays" -- on these days motorists did not have to pay the parking meters throughout the Windy City. It was considered a big deal by many, as they could visit the many downtown Chicago attractions that are open on holidays and possibly score a street spot and avoid the expensive downtown parking garages. These "Chicago parking meter holidays" had included:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day (Fourth of July)
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

But in a deal struck by Mayor Daley and rushed through the city council in late 2008, Chicago's parking meters were turned over to a private company effective January 1, 2009. Not only did this result in higher hourly parking rates and elimination of free overnight and Sunday parking in some areas, but they also took away our beloved parking meter holidays. So when parking at a meter, go by whatever rate it says on it depending on what day of the week it is, regardless of whether it's a holiday or not.

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