Does the Chicago Parking Fee Actually Target Rush-Hour Parkers?
"[Budget Director Alexandra] Holt responded that most downtown lots charge less than $12 in the evenings, so drivers parking in them would not face the premium. 'We don't believe that the way the rates are structured in the evening, that as a general matter we will be charging the congestion premium in the evening,' Holt said Monday.
A check Tuesday of five downtown parking lots, however, found just one with an 'evening special' for less than $12. That garage - on Washington Street east of Franklin Street - charged $10 for cars parking after 3 p.m. and leaving before 5 a.m. the next day during weekdays.
The next-lowest evening rate among the five was $13 for cars arriving after 3 p.m. to park up to 12 hours, at a surface lot near Randolph and Franklin streets."