Parking ticket a perfect early Christmas gift

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As is our family custom, we went out for dinner this past Thursday night (the day before Christmas Eve) to give ourselves a little break before all of the holiday cooking. We parked in downtown Oak Park (on South Boulevard) at 5:35 pm. After entering the restaurant, I realized that we had failed to feed the meter for the last 25 minutes prior to 6 p.m. My wife thought she had heard that parking was free the last few days before the holidays, in order to encourage shopping. Of course, it turned out to be a $20 mistake, as we received a parking ticket at 5:53 p.m. (seven minutes before parking was free)!

I am amazed at such efficiency for a government with such financial problems. Bah humbug to you, Tom Barwin.

Jeff Schroeder
Oak Park

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Chris Goode from Oak Park  

Posted: January 11th, 2011 12:19 PM

One needs to pay attention to the parking signs in Oak Park, or Chicago or wherever you are or you run the risk of getting a ticket. If you overstay your meter or beyond the posted time then you can not be surprised to find a ticket on your windshield. My concern with OP parking issues is the confusion generated by many of the signs which need to be more clearly and understandably written. I avoid much of the signage in areas along North and South Boulevard read like a complex contract.

bah humbug!  

Posted: January 2nd, 2011 3:13 PM

Oak Park gets NONE of my shopping money because of their draconian parking regulations. I got ticketed outside the house for which I pay 15k in property taxes (and no, I don't buy a city sticker, nor will I because of this grotesque tax bill). I was inside for 10 minutes and got a ticket. I'm now playing hide the car forever and ever, which means no shopping in downtown Oak Park.

Lily from Oak Park  

Posted: December 30th, 2010 9:22 AM

This happened to us when we were dining in the Harrison Arts district one evening -- spent $200 on a wonderful meal, then got ticketed for being parked on Harrison St. after 10 p.m. Have not been back and won't return. Hey OP leaders: GET A CLUE! I would love to support local business but refuse to abide the parking nonsense. Meanwhile, shopped for Xmas presents in Forest Park where the parking meters were "on holiday"--exactly the incentive I needed. (Spent at least $500 on gifts)

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