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Don’t try to park your car in Humboldt Park over Memorial Day weekend

Parking on Luis Muñoz Marín Drive won't be allowed in an effort to discourage gatherings in the park.

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With 70-degree temperatures forecasted for Memorial Day weekend, lots of people are going to be flocking outdoors to take a break from sitting in their living room and enjoy the weather. If you're thinking about heading to Humboldt Park, you might not want to jump in your car, because there won't be any parking inside of one of the Northwest Side's most popular green spaces this weekend.

Streetsblog Chicago first reported that parking will be banned throughout Memorial Day Weekend on Luis Muñoz Marín Drive, the ring road that runs through most of Humboldt Park. Signs posted in the park indicate that the parking ban will begin at 11pm on Thursday, May 21 and last until 6am on Tuesday, May 26.

Sgt. Adam Henkels of the Chicago Police Department's 14th District Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy program told Streetsblog Chicago that the parking ban was implemented because, with beautiful weather in the forecast, "keeping the park from getting dangerously crowded is going to be a challenge."

The ban on parking will leave more room for other outdoor activities on Luis Muñoz Marín Drive, including walking, running, biking, skateboarding and rollerskating. As it's likely that there will be more people than usual in Humboldt Park (and more of the best Chicago parks) this weekend, remember to be mindful of social distancing and keep a face covering handy.

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