Ho, Ho, Ho! Free garage parking

Evanston aldermen Monday voted to let people park for free in Evanston’s downtown garages evenings and weekends through the holidays.

The plan is designed to stimulate traffic to businesses and restaurants downtown. EvMark, the downtown marketing organization, and the Evanston Chamber of Commerce have agreed to promote the offer.

Under the plan drivers will be able to park for free from 5 p.m. until midnight on weekdays and all day Saturday in the three city-owned garages from now through Jan. 3. Garage parking is already free on Sundays.

The city expects to lose about $21,000 in parking revenue as a result of the program, but hopes to make up at least part of the difference from increased sales tax receipts.

The promotion does not apply to on-street parking meters.

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