FOX 32 NEWS - If you're planning to drive to this weekend's Cubs playoff game at Wrigley Field, better stash some cash for parking.
Prices for a parking spot in the Wrigleyville neighborhood are skyrocketing, and now the city is planning to take a bigger piece of the parking action next season.
Playoff baseball isn't just exciting, it's expensive. FOX 32 checked the website Park Whiz, which allows people to broker their parking spots, and found anything close to Wrigley Field topping a hundred dollars and even spots a mile away going for 30 or 40.
A lot just across from the ballpark is advertising spaces for upwards of 400-dollars. That’s more than the face value of a playoff ticket.
"I just don't know how you would afford to pay for parking if you had to pay for the ticket to the game. It's better to take the train or walk, I think,” one man said.
That’s why the city and the Cubs are recommending fans use public transportation this weekend.
And while you know you're going to be paying more to park during the playoffs, there's also news that starting next year you're going to be paying a lot more to park at the meters near Wrigley Field.
Tucked inside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new budget is something called the "Special Event Congestion Parking Pilot Program." Starting in 2017, about 250 meters near Wrigley Field will double in price on game days, from two dollars an hour to four bucks an hour.
It’s expected to generate about two and a half million dollars in new revenue for the city.
Store owners on Southport Avenue have mixed feelings about the proposal.
Boutique owner Rebecca Girsch likes that it will create more parking turnover and discourage Cubs fans from parking for hours at a time.
"But by the same token I also don't want to penalize my customers when they come and it happens to be a Cubs day and they have to pay twice as much to come see me,” Girsch said.
That proposal still needs approval from the City Council.