The Meter's Running
For some reason, I was looking at the closures for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday.
When I looked at the list below, something caught my eye:
- Schools: Chicago public schools will be closed. Most suburban schools will be closed; check with the local district office.
- Government offices: Federal, state, county and city offices will be closed.
- Postal service: All post offices will be closed, and mail will be collected on a Saturday schedule; only express mail will be delivered.
- Courts: Federal, state and county courts will be closed, except for Cook County Central Bond Court.
- Banks: Most banks will be closed.
- Financial markets: At the Chicago Board of Trade, all floor trading will be closed and electronic trading will resume at normal evening times. At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, all floor trading will be closed and electronic trading will observe an abbreviated schedule.
- Parking: Chicago meters need to be fed.
- Transit: Pace, Metra and CTA will operate on their regular weekday schedules.
The reason that this jumps out at me is that these federal holidays are often days for families, (and many civil service workers I guess), to take in much of what the City has to offer in the way of museums, cultural institutions, and the like. Why not let them park for free for a couple of hours?
For those that aren't aware of it, the only Chicago Parking Meter Holidays are the following:
- New Year's Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day