Ticketing in Action – Getting a Parking Ticket in Chicago’s Loop

Someone got a parking ticket in the Loop today.  Here’s a photo taken at Washington and Wells of an individual who is part of the private ticket army that descends on Chicago’s streets.  Here’s a picture of the fairy ticket mother in action. Click to view full size. What was the ticket for?  Did the […]

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Chicago Dibs Blog

“Dibs” in Chicago is a hugely hot topic.  Many Chicago residents who dig their cars out of the snow will put something to mark their spot and claim “dibs” so another car won’t park there.  Whether you think dibs is ludicrous and selfish, or a  right because of the hours of toil in digging out a spot, […]

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Pitfalls of the Current Parking System in Wrigleyville

Prepay for Wrigleyville Parking before you get to the game. I recently came across one of the funniest videos I have ever seen which comically details the pitfalls of the way parking is currently done for cubs games at Wrigley Field. Please see the video done by WGN’s Pat Tomasulo from the Patdown below: Wrigleyville parking […]

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My Parking Ticket History – The Highlights

From late 2008 – 2010 I have accumulated 19 parking and moving offenses, totaling over $2K in fines.  I like to think about myself as the guy who shows up 2 minutes late to the meter, only to see a big fat ticket waiting for me.  This is my story. My name is Jeremy Smith.  […]

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Chicago Man Is Ticketed While Paying for Spot

As many of you know by now, there has been a lot of commotion regarding the increase in parking meter rates in the City of Chicago.  Recently, a few key Chicago Mayoral candidates made their thoughts public on the situation.  There is no consensus on the best way to handle the issue however, this is […]

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Driver Survival Seminar – Hosted by 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney

Learn how to protect yourself against parking tickets and red light violations in the City of Chicago.  44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney will be hosting a Driver Survival Seminar on Tuesday January, 25th from 7pm-9pm.  The FREE event will be held at the new 23rd District Police Station (850 W. Addison St., on Addison less […]

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Parking Meter Enforcement Resumes – 2/8 @ 9AM

Have you noticed recently that parking enforcement officials have been few and far between?  If you haven’t realized yet, the city took almost a week long hiatus from parking ticket enforcement during the week of the great Chicago blizzard.  Unfortunately money talks in this world and enforcement of meters resumed today at 9am throughout the […]

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Chicago Parking Meters’ Rates Rise 2011

Two years ago metered street parking in the Loop, was $3 per hour and as little as 25 cents an hour for some neighborhoods.  The recent increases make street parking in the loop $5 an hour.  There are three zones for Chicago parking meters. These are the new rates Zone 1 – Chicago Loop -$5 […]

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Guide for Purchasing Chicago City Stickers and Parking Permits

Chicago residential parking can be a ‘sticky’ situation.   In late 2010, the City of Chicago decided to end their contract with SecureMark Decal Company despite having 4 years remaining on their existing contract.  The reason, over 77,000 defective residential parking permits that didn’t stick. If you are one of the people who have come across […]

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Is the Chicago Parking Meter Rate Increase a Good Thing?

Chicago’s recent parking meter rise makes them the highest in the nation.  There have been thousands of complaint tweets on twitter.  There’s been moans and groans, and I’ve been guilty of both!  It sucks to have to pay more for parking.  It’s more than annoying, and with the deal the city received it can be […]

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