Ask ChicagoNow: Where are the best places to park for free in Chicago?

Ask ChicagoNow: Where are the best places to park for free in Chicago?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.

With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.

Where are the best places to park for free in Chicago?

“Andersonville on the residential areas like Magnolia, etc. No permit parking and you can find parking after 8 or 9 am. Most of my friends use it and walk to their apartments. I bike everywhere because I would never own a car in the city.” — Jayson J Crady, Confessions of a Coffeholic!

“Lake Street, just east of State, under the El tracks is free parking on weekends, and after 6 pm weekdays. I’ve used it many times, although not this past summer, so perhaps they’ve installed pay boxes. But I’m always ridiculously excited to get free parking in such a prime location.” — Brett Baker, Dry it in the Water

“On Sundays and major holidays, you can theoretically park for free along much of Wacker Drive. I say ‘theoretically’ because good luck finding a spot. I’d also suggest church parking lots, but many churches have special passes they give out, and if you don’t have one, you’ll be towed. I do highly recommend park and rides on the L…” — Holly, Running With A Book Cart

“Well, I guess if you’ve done any ‘dibs’- ing lately, it would be right out your front door!” — Carole Lago, Inside the Wrapper

“There’s a super sized Whole Foods at Ashland/Belmont that has free underground parking. Of course, it’ll cost thousands of dollars in groceries before you leave but that’s the trade off.” – Howard Moore, I’ve Got The Hippy Shakes

“Do you mean where is the best place to get assaulted in a residential neighborhood for parking your car on a street a resident thinks he or she owns by virtue of their living on the street? Chicago has a parking crisis”. — Bob Schneider, Politics Now

“Side streets! But check the signs. Also, in front of schools on weekends and summer breaks – Jones College Prep has great parking if you hit it at the right time. Otherwise don’t drive downtown… park on a side street near an L stop and ride CTA down.” — Angela Soriano, less than perfect

“Not on my block! It’s hard enough to find a parking space. That being said, if you’re heading to Wrigley Field for a night game, park on just about any side street west of Ashland, if there is no permit-parking-only sign, and take the 152 Addison bus to the ballpark. Heck, you can walk because it’s only 1.6 miles from Wrigley Field to Western. You can even park on Ben Zobrist’s block (he’s my neighbor!). For day games, park on just about any side street. Get there early and park within a block or two of the ballpark and then get a Wrigleysville (stet) dog, or, if you are so inclined, stop in one of gazillion bars for a brew or two. Gates open 2 hours before game time.. After the game, if you avoid Addison or Irving Park by taking Grace or Roscoe or Berteau (like Ron Santo used to) west, you can get out of Wrigleyville pretty quickly, especially considering 41,000 of your closest friends are leaving at the same time..” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

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