Game day parking and transportation at Wrigley Field
If you plan to drive to a ball game at the Friendly Confines this season, a little planning can save you time and money.
By Shawn Flemming
Published: May 22, 2012
Private Parking (a.k.a. "sign wavers") For the adventurous parker circling the side streets in hopes of landing that elusive parking spot, spotting a sign for parking is often just a matter of looking on a street corner for a person in costume or jumping and down, or avoiding the ones who like to yell into your open window or jump in front of your car. So, with this in mind, consider the following tips prior to handing over your money and/or car keys to a stranger holding a handwrittern cardboard sign that reads "Easy In/Easy Out Parking."
1. “Park Here/Easy In, Easy Out” sign holders may not actually own the parking spot they're waving you toward. Whether costumed or not, apron-wearing or not, holding a sign and taking money for a “parking spot” is easy—anyone can do it.
2. Most streets around the ballpark and in the neighboring Lakeview and Wrigleville blocks are permit-parking only. Heed the warning—ticketing and towing are strictly enforced. Before parking in a spot, look around for official city parking signs; don't just trust the person taking your money and pointing at a parking spot.
Local, privately owned parking lots are also an option. Many businesses around Wrigley Field welcome baseball fans and their dollars. Parking can be a very lucrative business, in some cases adding an additional $10,000+ in revenue to a business’s bottom line. Look for attendants, they're usually onsite and remember to ask about the parking rules before leaving the lot.
On a side note, we're all well aware that public transportation is not only an inexpensive way to get to the ballpark, it also helps reduce congestion on the streets, air pollution, gas consumption and a person's overall carbon footprint. Take advantage of the city's many buses and El routes as well as shuttle services to and from parking lots or bars/restaurants.