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Unread 06-10-2008, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Rush hour on Kennedy sucks. I live in Lakeview/Lincoln Park now, and in order to park there you just need to get a zone pass. I went to city to the city clerk's office and it's about $100/year. Although parking is very crowded here, the most you'll drive around is maybe 45 minutes looking for a spot. It's all about luck.
$100 a year? Are you flippin' serious? When did this start? I always thought it was $25. Sheesh. Yet another "nickel-and-dime-you-to-death" example of why so many people get tired of living here and head to the 'burbs...
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Unread 06-10-2008, 05:44 PM
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Location: Brooklyn Heights, NY & Lake Ariel, PA
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I just moved to Lakeview a little over a week ago and I brought my car down with me. I knew parking would be a nightmare so I bit the bullet and paid for a garage spot in one of the neighboring garages..sure it was $200 but I don't have to worry about driving around for 20 minutes looking for a spot...and since I'm trying to get settled here, I have way too many little buying trips/errands to keep playing the "looking for a parking spot" game.

I plan on selling the vehicle by the end of June since I can walk most places and/or ride the bus and train. $4.25 a gallon gas is also weighing heavily on my decision, especially if it does reach $5.00 a gallon by July 4th as I keep hearing on TV.
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Unread 06-10-2008, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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$100 a year? Are you flippin' serious? When did this start? I always thought it was $25. Sheesh. Yet another "nickel-and-dime-you-to-death" example of why so many people get tired of living here and head to the 'burbs...
I dont know where he is getting $100 from. He probably is including the city sticker in that figure. Since most people pay $75 for their sticker and the residential sticker is $25-thus the $100 figure.

City of Chicago - Parking in the Ward
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Unread 06-10-2008, 08:12 PM
 
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I dont know where he is getting $100 from. He probably is including the city sticker in that figure. Since most people pay $75 for their sticker and the residential sticker is $25-thus the $100 figure.
$100 for both is correct. I paid $110 that include two books of guest passes on Thursday.
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Unread 06-10-2008, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Guest passes are awesome :-)
Do they have the new ones yet for the new year (Valid July 1st?)
Are you 383 over there also?
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Unread 06-11-2008, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Lakeview
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Chicago does tend to "nickel-and-dime you to death".....
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Unread 06-14-2008, 06:47 PM
 
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Alright guys I just got back from my day in Chicago....

I drove with my girlfriend to the city, I wanted to drive/walk around bucktown/wicker park and then Lincoln Park. Bucktown seemed OK, definately alot of people out and about, it was hard to stereotype the people there was a big mix of people black/white/asian, yuppie/elderly/family, Damon Ave was pretty hopping. I also drove to along Western Ave which some poeple have said is the borderline of a "rougher area" I thought the street wasn't too bad at all, you can definately notice the gentrification. Division St. in Wicker Park seemed like a happening road to live on (anyone have any opinions on the bars/resturaunts on that street?).

So we moved on to Lincoln Park and I definately like the tree lined streets and the overall area a little better than BT/WP however Lincoln Park seemed to be a bigger neighborhood, I passed a strip of bars that had beer gardens along the street which I thought was pretty cool but I was having a hard time finding out what the "main drag" was. What intersections or streets are where most the bars/resturaunts are? They seemed to be scattered across the neighborhood and I'm just wondering if there is a hot spot that everyone seems to gravitate to on the weekends?

To my main complaint and point of this thread, THE PARKING SITUATION...

The plan was to park in LP and walk to the beach, too bad there isn't a single open parking spot in all of Lincoln Park. I'm not joking we drove around for an hour looking for somewhere to park. I even tried parking in a permit street but every open spot turned out to be taken by a fire hydrant, F***! So I dunno what you people do but I'm gonna have to find some money to buy an off street spot or something because that is ridiculous. Even the pay lots buy the Zoo were full. So we said screw it and went to Navy Pier.
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Unread 06-14-2008, 09:44 PM
 
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Guest passes are awesome :-)
Do they have the new ones yet for the new year (Valid July 1st?)
Are you 383 over there also?
Yes, I'm in 383.

and they do have the new year's passes (or at least I hope that's what they gave me).
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Unread 06-15-2008, 12:58 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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So we moved on to Lincoln Park and I definately like the tree lined streets and the overall area a little better than BT/WP however Lincoln Park seemed to be a bigger neighborhood, I passed a strip of bars that had beer gardens along the street which I thought was pretty cool but I was having a hard time finding out what the "main drag" was. What intersections or streets are where most the bars/resturaunts are? They seemed to be scattered across the neighborhood and I'm just wondering if there is a hot spot that everyone seems to gravitate to on the weekends?
Yes, there are several "main drags" through Lincoln Park where the restaurants and what-not are concentrated, chief among them Clark, Lincoln, Halsted and Southport. Other streets that have a fair amount of bars, restaurants and shops are Diversey, Fullerton, Armitage and Clybourn.
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Unread 06-15-2008, 07:19 AM
 
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I wouldn't worry about parking. If you are in public accounting, you can afford to rent a spot for under $200/month. The real question is whether you want the headache of driving through the neiborhoods getting to the highway. Trust me, 2-3 miles on Irving Park or the like can be 15 minutes on a good day and 45 minutes at the wrong time. I would look in the near suburbs or maybe West Loop where highway access is easier. I really don't envy you. My nieghbor works in audit and his travel times are a real pain.
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