The Chicago Cubs’ quest to offer free remote parking this season will face its toughest challenge later this month.
The team will bring its plan before the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals on June 20, as it has formally requested a special-use permit to operate its free parking service in the North Center neighborhood. The petition, however, faces opposition from Ald. Ameya Pawar, 47th, and that could make it difficult for the team to receive the necessary paperwork to run the lot.
“The Cubs are obviously an important part of the city of Chicago,” Pawar said. “But while they are an important part, they are no more important than any one neighborhood.”
A Cubs spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. The organization will keep operating the remote lot at 3900 N. Rockwell St. while the special-use permit request is pending.