Chicago Guide for Parking on Moving Day
We all know the etiquette for parking in the winter in Chicago. Throw an old chair in that space you’ve worked your butt off to shovel out! So what about securing a parking spot on moving day? How do you reserve a space to make your move (and life) easier without offending the neighbors? Zippy Shell North Chicago has the answer!
The months of May through September are busy ones in the city of Chicago. Residents pack away their winter gear and look forward to the hundreds of events that take place during these months, from parades and street fairs to ball games and concerts.
While these are definitely the months for fun, they are also the peak time of year for an activity that most would place at the bottom of their to-do list… moving and storage. Whether you’re the type who can afford to pay a premium to have someone else do it all, or a DIY’er who wants to pack and load your own belongings, moving or putting items into storage in Chicago can be an anxiety-inducing task.
The most popular new way to move, whether to a new residence or into self storage, is with moving units. Containerized moving in Chicago from Zippy Shell are by far the most affordable solution. But we do require a parking space to deliver your moving units in Chicago.
While it’s often overlooked, one aspect of moving that causes lots of stress is parking. Many residential streets in Chicago have restrictions upon restrictions and parking on them can be an exercise in fear. Throw in a Cubs game, block party or street cleaning and the simple act of placing a vehicle somewhere convenient becomes a nightmare, especially if it’s on a day when you have a moving truck or Zippy Shell scheduled to be at your home.
Fortunately, some solutions are not as complicated as the problem. If you live in Chicago and are moving or putting items into storage, your local Alderman’s office is a great resource. There, you can request “No Parking” signs to place in front of your residence the day before your move.
These signs are free of charge and are generally effective. I say generally, because some residents live in very dense neighborhoods in which such signs would be flat out ignored, particularly on days when streets are being cleaned and parking is virtually non-existent. In such cases, enforceable signs can be ordered from the city of Chicago for a $25.00 fee. Keep in mind that these signs need to be ordered at least a week or two in advance and, though enforceable by towing, your parking situation may not necessarily be at the top of 911’s priority list.
In any case, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead. If you have access to a vehicle or two, “saving” a space in conjunction with either type of sign is a great way to ensure that you’ll avoid the headache and cost of having your mover or Zippy Shell driver search endlessly for a place to park.
Calling “dibs” on spots with lawn chairs is strictly a winter activity, as any true Chicagoan knows… but if your neighbors are friendly enough, you could give it a try!
For more information, visit the City of Chicago website.
Article written by Dale Rivera of Zippy Shell North Chicago