Shoppers who come upon an official bagged meter this holiday season in downtown Oak Park or in the vicinity of South Oak Park Avenue are in luck. They can park free for two hours. Beginning after Thanksgiving, anyone can park free for two hours at a bagged meter or in a pay-by-space lot on Saturdays before Dec. 25. Parking also is free all day Saturdays in the public garages during the period and always is free on Sundays. The program is intended as a thank you for residents and visitors who shop locally. Retail sales benefit not only local retailers, but the entire Village since 2 percent of every retail sale comes back to municipal coffers to fund vital public services. For many retailers, the holiday season is the most important time of the year. Village officials say they hope this small gesture will increase sales as well as create goodwill among the businesses and their customers. For more information on parking in the Village, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information also is posted at www.oakpark.us/parking.
Oak Park offers a variety of services that can be accessed online from a computer, tablet or smart phone. Some of the services are managed directly by the Village, while others are third-party vendors authorized by the Village to conduct transactions.