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The Cubs on Monday delivered on a promise to provide free remote parking for up to 1,000 cars for fans attending night and weekend games to ease traffic congestion around Wrigley Field.
The new remote parking lot secured at team expense will be located at 3900 N. Rockwell, roughly 2 miles west of the stadium.
It will replace a DeVry University lot with half the capacity a few blocks closer to Wrigley that has not been widely used, in part because of the $6 fee. Local Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) had urged the team to double capacity and waive the fee to encourage more use and ease a traffic bottleneck closer to the ballpark.
In December, Mayor Rahm Emanuel pressured the Cubs to start renovating Wrigley after delivering a punch list of concessions to tie up loose ends on the $500 million project.
Among other things, those concessions gave the Cubs the green light to schedule 35 night games per season at Wrigley in exchange for added security and free remote parking for up to 1,000 cars.
On Monday, the Cubs delivered on that promise. That's even though the dispute between the Cubs and rooftop club owners about the size and placement of outfield signs has not yet been resolved.