Oak Park eases parking restrictions for holidays

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

The Village of Oak Park is easing parking restrictions around town for the holidays, starting with Thanksgiving on Thursday.

Oak Park is lifting its overnight parking ban at 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24, and won't resume enforcing the ban until Monday, Nov. 28. However, motorists should still follow the rules in permit areas, such as village-owned lots and on-street overnight parking zones, according to a village email release.

In addition, Oak Park is offering free parking in public garages for holiday shoppers every Saturday starting Nov. 26. Locations include the Holley Court garage (1125 Ontario), Avenue garage (720 North Blvd.) and Lake and Forest garage (938 Lake St.). The village will resume charging on Saturdays at the three structures on Dec. 31.

For more information on parking, call 708-358-5750 or email parking@oak-park.us.

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Posted: November 22nd, 2011 8:04 PM

OMG - Santa came early!!!!! Unfortunately some of us have lived here long enough to remember when the Village really supported the local businesses by covering the meters during the Christmas shopping season. Do we really believe people are going to take the time to mark their calendars and then rearrange their lives to be sure to shop locally on these very few "free" days. I see no reason to alter my quarter-hoarding behavior.

Jeff Schroeder from Oak Park  

Posted: November 22nd, 2011 10:37 AM

Marty, You forgot to mention that everywhere else the Village will be actively ticketing as usually. This December 23rd will mark the one year anniversary of our family receiving a $30 ticket just five minutes before six PM as we were dining at an OP restaurant. Five minutes later and it would have cost us nothing. The ticket doubled the cost of the dinner.

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