One of the recent Frugalista columns in the Chicago Tribune was about strategies for parking in Chicago -- for free or at least for less than people usually get stuck paying.
The column drew some thanks from drivers, but, as I expected, I also got complaints, mostly from people who live in neighborhoods where I pointed out free street parking. Here are some of the reader responses. If you have a response too -- don't be shy about complaining, you won't hurt my feelings -- use the comments section.
Free parking at meters for the disabled
Several readers emailed to ask if they could park for free at Chicago meters if they have disability license plates or a placard.
The Frugalista's response:
I found this document on the Secretary of State's Web site:
"Vehicles properly displaying disability plates or a parking placard ... are exempt from parking meter fees and time limitations on parking, except at meters, signs or other markings with time limitations of 30 minutes or less."
Cheaper than hotel parking
I read with interest your article on free parking. I wonder if you know of a place to park just overnight (we will be at the Intercontinental Hotel at Michigan and Wacker) other than the hotel which usually charges $50-$55 for overnight parking.
Is there an independent parking spot that would be cheaper?