The perks of owning a car

Owning a car in the city is a blessing and a curse.

On one hand, it’s easy to run errands, haul things from the grocery store, take road trips or venture to Ikea.

On the other, you have to deal with tickets, city stickers, fear of towing and the annoyance of continual stop-and-go traffic.

I had forgotten about the curse part, particularly because we had a garage spot for two years. We hadn’t gotten any of these:

Yep, a $50 violation for street cleaning. Street cleaning in November, you may ask? Apparently this is the last one of the year.

Here’s what makes me most upset about the parking ticket situation: The city doesn’t hide the fact that they make money off your parking misery. Notice the return address goes to the Department of Revenue? The ticket enforcers (meter maids?) wear yellow vests that read the same thing.

Well, all I have to say is I hope the holiday decorations on Michigan Avenue are extra sparkly and fabulous this year. You’re welcome. Happy holidays.

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4 Comments

Filed under Chicago, city life, frustrations

4 responses to “The perks of owning a car

  1. Joe

    I blame Mayor Daley…

  2. You might want to start reading theexpiredmeter.com for tips on beating tickets and other alerts pertinent to those car perks.

  3. I hope you remember the snow parking ban…coming to a major artery near you!

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