Chicago’s Night and Weekend Parking Tips
Signs are deceiving, read with caution!
There are options for restricted access for night and weekend only parking. For example, your car can be in a garage anytime between 3:30pm and 8am the next day Monday through Friday, and 24/7 on the weekends.
However, this means your car must NOT be in the garage outside of those times. Some folks haveconfused these night and weekend only restricted offers to mean that you can only get access to your car during those times and that you can leave it there. This is incorrect. The key fob will not work and won’t let you out until you pay the daily rate for the time period your car was in the garage when it wasn’t supposed to.
Timing is everything!
If you are paying $40 a month for the night and weekend only, this is a great deal but definitely understand and be aware of the time. If you overstay or forget you are required to pay the daily difference in cost which can be as high as $40 for a single day. The garages have these specials because they are for when the garage is least full. Monthly options during this off peak time are great. They can be used by someone who visits a family member or friend on the weekends from time to time. Have the monthly $40 option is sometimes better than the transient daily rate here and there. This is also a great option for night workers if the garage is located in your particular area. Of course, many do need 24/7 parking and there are many of those options available as well, they just cost a whole lot more.
Walking is healthy, it might also save you a buck!
Most people want to find parking right next to the bar, restaurant or venue they are going to. Rightfully so. If you are prepared to walk a couple of blocks, you’re life will be much simpler and most times you will find cheaper parking. This is not always the case though. Some websites like SpotHero allow you to find cheap and easy to locate parking in almost any spot around the city. You may still enjoy your walk through beautiful Chicago but this site is great to find you parking locations near your destination!
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