The last time I visited your fair city, there was quite the uproar about parking meters being removed. “Where,” the cyclists fumed, “will we park our bikes?”
As a cyclist in a city without much bike parking, and few parking meters, I have had to make do many a time with the nearest solid (and sometimes not-so-solid) object. So I present to you a gallery of inspiration for your parking-meter-less future. Good luck!
Defunct public phone. Probably more rare than parking meters!
A convenient pole
A street sign. Don't tell me, you thought of this one already...
A chainlink fence. Admittedly, not the most secure choice.
A ginormous tree--glad I got the longer cable.
A newspaper machine. Hey, if it's secure enough for your dog. . .
A handy railing provides security for these Vandy students.
A bike rack at last.
Or don't lock it at all! Not really an option in Chicago, but there are benefits to living in a city without many cyclists.