Parking at city meters jumps to $6.50 an hour

For Fox Valley folks heading to Chicago in the new year, it’s going to cost more to get there, more to stay there — and more even to drive through.

Beginning Jan. 1, drivers will be shelling out more for parking meters in downtown Chicago than any other city in North America.

The cost to park at a metered spot in the Loop will rise to $6.50 an hour from the current $5.75. That’s more than double what people paid to park at meters in the Loop in 2008.

In the Central Business District, rates will go up 50 cents from $3.50 to $4. And in most neighborhoods, rates will rise 25 cents an hour.


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