Yep, there is going to be free parking in 2014 for Chicago Cubs baseball fans. There is a new remote lot with free parking and nearly twice as many spaces as the old one at DeVry University, the new one havingwith 1,000 spaces, compared to 550 spaces at DeVry. This was part of the Cubs agreement with Ald. Tom Tunney, 44th to renovate the ballpark and redevelop the surrounding neighborhood at a $500 million cost to the Ricketts family that owns the team. Getting rid of the $6 remote parking fee also was part of the deal.
The new lot, which will be rented from Basic Wire & Cable, will be at 3900 N. Rockwell St., just southeast of the Chicago River and Irving Park Road, the team said. That’s about 2½ miles from Wrigley, a couple of blocks further than DeVry but about the same distance in driving time, according to online mapping sites.
The shuttles to the new remote lot will start 2½ hours before the start of night and weekend games and end about an hour after those games. The remote lot also will be available for night games of a day-night doubleheader and for postseason games — if the Cubs were to make the playoffs.