Chicago, the third largest United States city is also the sparkling gem of the Midwest. Chicago has its upside in any time of the year. Whenever you go, you will find plethora of restaurants, attractions and hotels. The weather of Chicago factors the best time to visit. Winter is very cold, windy with snow and ice, while between June and September, it is humid and of course, spring is pleasant with few rainy times at intervals. Travel plans during the Fall is the best with mild temperatures in daytime. However, the main thing that Chicagoans suffer with is the parking, besides cold winters and the cubs fan with baseball.
Parking prevents tourists and residents alike from enjoying the city. This city has privatized parking meters and is recognized for parking as the worst city in the whole of USA. There is free parking available, here are the tips to benefit from free parking.
Street parking is free overnight
Street parking costs around $6.50 during the day, while at night parking is free on the street. In fact, parking Downtown is available free from 9:00 PM and in the residential areas outside Downtown, from 10:00 PM to 8:00 AM parking is free.
Validated parking free for 1-2 hours of parking
In case you have some errand to run or you have to go for a short meeting, validated parking is the best to avail a free spot. There are places from 44E Ontario to 10E Grand to 131 N Clinton. They offer an hour or two free parking on buying something nearby. There are other locations also available for 1 to 2 hours free parking in areas such as Saint Joseph Hospital, Metra Market and Rock N Roll McDonald’s with a validated ticket.
Get a free spot doing a good deed
People who can get parking for free consistently are the people who have gray parking placard or official handicap yellow placard. There is no free parking for traditional blue ones, besides the regular spot parking for disability. In case you have some neighbor, relative or a friend having the yellow or gray placards, invite them to the city in your next trip and enjoy free parking. Enjoy the town without worrying about parking.
Score free street parking
The United Center is towards Downtown Chicago and to the West of Fulton Market. You can find parking on the street by arriving early and thus save paying $25 at the parking lot in the official United Center. Remember, next time, you drive to see the Hawks, Bulls or any other event here, bring the handy free parking map of the united center with you. In case you are going to Washington DC Verizon Center, check the parking guide for free Caps & Wizards games as well.
Hotels offering free overnight parking
Parking is free in Chicago hotels in the suburbs. However, if you are taking a rental car or are on a road trip, stay at 125 West Ohio Street, The Best Western as they offer 1 free parking spot on reserving one room for free. But, if you are on budget travel, check it out.
The fact cannot be denied that nothing comes free, yet you can find parking signs for “15 minute” around downtown. It is a lot cheaper and you must return in few minutes.