Cubs Will Have Free Remote Parking In 2014

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And you don't get much of anything for free these days.

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- For quite a few years, the Cubs have operated a remote parking lot at DeVry University near Belmont and Western Avenues, about two miles from Wrigley Field, and charged $6.

That's all changing this year, says a press release from the team:

As part of an ongoing commitment to ease vehicle traffic and reduce the number of cars near Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs are launching a free remote parking lot operation two miles west of the ballpark during night and weekend games. The new remote parking lot is located at 3900 N. Rockwell St., just east of the Chicago River immediately south of Irving Park Road. The lot has a capacity of 1,000 vehicles and will be secured by Cubs personnel. The parking service includes free shuttle transportation to and from the remote lot and Wrigley Field.

"We believe free parking is a great incentive for our guests and encourage fans to take advantage of this new remote parking lot," said Manager, Government & Neighborhood Relations Kam Buckner. "We recognize many fans drive to Wrigley Field and this easy-to-use remote parking operation will help alleviate traffic congestion in the neighborhood before and after games."

3900 N. Rockwell is about the same distance from Wrigley Field as the DeVry lot, and as noted is just off Irving Park, so it's easily accessible from the Kennedy Expressway.

With a 1,000-car capacity, this could accomodate anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 fans coming to Cubs games. Good for the Cubs for providing this service at no cost. It replaces the DeVry lot. The release also mentions:

This shuttle service will also be available for postseason games and night games of a day-night doubleheader. The Cubs’ first day-night doubleheader of the season will take place Saturday, June 28.

Postseason games? Dream on, Cubs, dream on.

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