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ParqEx - The Changing Dynamic of Parking

The Changing Dynamic of Parking

August 8th, 2017 Posted by Chicago, Feature, Garage, Parking, Parking Apps, parking spots, ParqEx No Comment yet

Parking spaces have long been lauded as a critical part of residential buildings. People who live in apartments, condos, and other buildings need a place to park their cars when they come home each night. Over the last few years, however, there’s been a significant shift in the way people view both driving and parking–and it’s changing the way transportation needs are being handled.


New feature release on the ParqEx app

New feature release on the ParqEx app – DASHBOARD!

May 4th, 2017 Posted by Feature, mobile app, Parking Apps, ParqEx No Comment yet

Now you have everything you need, all in one place!


We are thrilled to announce the release of the New feature release on the ParqEx app – DASHBOARD. Those of you that use the web app have already seen this huge improvement launched just a few weeks ago. It will roll out for the mobile app next and we know it’s going to make your life even easier! (more…)

Chicago Weekend Picks (Sept. 9-11 Edition)

September 8th, 2016 Posted by blue man group, Car, Chicago Events, Chicago Travel Tips, Community, Feature, mobile app, music, News & Events, Parking, ParqEx, promotions, sharing economy, she'd aquarium, startup, theater No Comment yet


Living in Chicago can be overwhelming. Actually, let’s rephrase that: living in Chicago IS overwhelming – a good kind of overwhelming. Why? Because there are so many things going on ALL THE TIME. This certainly isn’t a bad thing, but if you’re anything like me, your weekend is impacted by the phenomena known as FOMO (fear of missing out). If you’re new to the FOMO term, here’s a definition: a form of social anxiety – a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity or satisfying event, often aroused by posts seen on social media websites. You’ve probably felt this before, some more than others, but we can all agree that it’s a BAD feeling.

FOMO is never going to fully subside, but it can be treated and prevented. The folks here at ParqEx want to help you experience Chicago the way it should be experienced, without unnecessary amounts of FOMO. Plain and simple, we want to make your life better, easier, and more fun. That’s why we will be writing a post every week with fun things to do every weekend.

We’ll suggest events for you to attend and will make your life easier by helping you park nearby at affordable rates. Don’t miss another event just because you didn’t know it was happening.

Here are our suggestions for events you should seek out this weekend (9.9-9.11):

1.) Blue Man Group


Blue Man Group is pretty awesome. If you’ve never been, you must go. It combines technology, comedy, art, music, vaudeville and much more into one performance and it’s fun for the entire family.

Click here to see a little preview of the performance you’ll see, hear, feel, and if you’re close to the stage, possibly even touch!

Head to the Briar Street Theater this Friday, Saturday or Sunday to be a part of the action. For tickets, click here.

For parking, search “Briar Street Theater” on the ParqEx app or website!

Blue Man Group drums on buckets lined with paint, creating cool visuals.

2.) Amphibians at the Shedd Aquarium


Get the chance to see over 40 species of frogs, salamanders and caecilians at the Shedd Aquarium this weekend. Whether you’re trying to impress a date with your knowledge of the amphibious populations OR wanting to take the whole family to a fun exhibit, make sure you check out the giant 4 foot salamander; one of the largest in the world!

Find out more about the event and purchase tickets here!

And remember, you’re going to need to park. Find a spot on the ParqEx app or website!


3.) The Annoyance Theatre and Bar – Comedy Club


Share some laughs and drink some drinks (don’t share your drinks) this weekend at The Annoyance Theatre. For 25 years, this theatre has been producing some of Chicago’s best comedy shows. The Annoyance uses improvisation to create new and original plays, musicals, sketch-comedy and more in a vibrant, uncensored atmosphere.

Learn more about events at The Annoyance Theatre Here!


4.) Brick by Brick at the Museum of Science and Industry


This 7,000-square-foot exhibit, developed and created by MSI, will feature a spectacular collection of more than a dozen giant LEGO®-built structures of engineering marvels, including a 60-foot long Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station, St. Louis Gateway Arch, Hoover Dam, Roman Coliseum, and more, constructed by LEGO® Certified Professional and Chicago native, Adam Reed Tucker. These formations will be paired with hands-on building challenges that reinforce key principles of engineering, construction and architecture-and encourage creativity.

Throughout the exhibit, guests will learn how architects and engineers push the limits of design, materials and location to make the seemingly impossible, possible; witness how form follows function; learn how building beautifully uplifts us all; and explore Chicago’s impact as the birthplace of the skyscraper.

(Information courtesy of Choose Chicago)

Purchase your tickets for the exhibit here! 


5.) World Music Festival Chicago


Love music? Hear the tunes of artists from all over the world at the World Music Festival this weekend! Enjoy global grooves by award-winning artists from around the world at the free, city-wide, multi-venue World Music Festival Chicago. This year’s festival will feature over 60 artists from 25 countries at 20 venues over eleven days!  (Choose Chicago)

Learn more about the 18th Annual World Music Festival Chicago here! 


Thanks for reading! Your friends at ParqEx want you to have fun this weekend. Make sure you check out our available parking spots on the ParqEx App or on the website here. Rent a spot hourly, daily, weekly or monthly! AVOID FOMO.




ParqEx Waze Integration

Navigation using Waze, Google Maps, Apple Maps and more

May 3rd, 2016 Posted by Feature, ParqEx No Comment yet

Just Launched! Navigation using Waze, Google Maps, Apple Maps and more…


ParqEx makes finding a convenient parking spot quite “convenient”, but we also realize that navigation to and from the parking location is equally important. Whether it be using your favorite parking app to navigate or having the option to use an app like Waze, Google Maps, Apple Maps and more; ParqEx has it all. When you click on the navigate button in the ParqEx app (Android, Apple, Windows or a web browser), you will have the options to select your favorite navigation app.


Here is how it works –


1. Select app for Navigation: Click the directions link on the parking details to access the navigation apps currently installed on your device (Note – you must have at least 1 navigation app like Google Map, Apple Map, Waze etc. installed for the options to show).

Directions To Parking Location

2. Select your favorite navigation App: In the “Select app for navigation” popup window, click on the app you wish to use for navigation (Options will vary depending on the navigation apps you have installed on your device). Make sure you have installed your favorite navigation app from the app store.

Select app for navigation




3. Navigate to the parking location using your favorite app: Clicking on the app, will open the navigation app with the parking destination address.That’s it! Go ahead and navigate to your destination.

Navigate to parking location with Waze


Navigation on Waze

The popular Waze app is a turn-by-turn navigation app that focuses on a social network where drivers can share information about accidents, police officers, road closures, and more. Now with our integration with Waze, drivers will have the option of navigating to their reserved parking location with detailed turn-by turn directions. Make sure you have downloaded the Waze app before you click the navigate button in the ParqEx app. After that, its 3 simple clicks to be on your way.

Benefits of using Waze:


  • Waze has social network integration that includes live traffic reporting from other users
  • You can send live, updating information with your ETA to friends
  • There are options to select celebrity voice navigation
  • The Waze app learns frequent destinations, commuting hours, and preferred routes
  • You can search for the cheapest gas on a route
  • The traffic jam indicator in the app counts down the time you’ll be in a jam.
  • For advaced users, here is How to turn Waze into the ultimate Navigation App.


The ParqEx app works with the following navigation apps









ParqEx is the leading social on-demand parking application. It is helping drivers all around the country save time, money and hassle.  For more information, please contact us or download the parkng app to get started.


Technology Companies ParqEx and ShareASpot Join Forces to Solve Urban Parking Crunch

Technology Companies ParqEx and ShareASpot Join Forces to Solve Urban Parking Crunch

December 17th, 2015 Posted by Car, Community, Feature, mobile app, Parking, ParqEx, sharing economy No Comment yet

ParqEx, a Chicago-based technology start-up that connects individuals and businesses who have underutilized parking spaces with drivers seeking parking, today announced an alliance with ShareASpot, a company based in the Chicago suburbs with a similar vision of leveraging the sharing economy. The two companies plan to combine resources to optimize the customer experience and to speed growth by expanding their geographic reach beyond the city of Chicago.

“This partnership makes sense for all the right reasons,” said Devin Bates, co-founder of ShareASpot. “Both companies want to improve congestion and hassle by utilizing existing resources in a better way, and we both want what’s best for our parking owners and renters. We are very impressed with ParqEx’s technology and by maximizing our strengths, we know we can achieve our goals more effectively than if we’re in competition.”

Both ParqEx and ShareASpot launched in early 2015 with the similar idea of making parking easier in and around Chicago. ParqEx originated in the city and has been primarily focused on neighborhoods near downtown, whereas ShareASpot originated in the Oak Park suburb of Chicago where commuters and local residents were often in competition for limited spots near public transportation.

“We created ParqEx to help solve urban parking challenges while providing benefit to local residents and businesses,” said ParqEx founder and CEO Vivek Mehra. “We know that to accomplish this, we need to create a great customer experience for both sides of each parking transaction. We feel that this alliance will not only allow us to expand faster, but it will also allow our customers to enjoy both superior technology and customer service.”

As part of the alliance, existing ShareASpot users will be transitioned onto the ParqEx platform, where all future transactions and customer support will occur. ParqEx’s long-term vision is to expand to other markets within the US and the company has been actively seeking funds to fuel its next phase of growth. The alliance with ShareASpot allows ParqEx to quickly add business within Chicago, which provides additional momentum towards geographic expansion.

The ParqEx platform replaces traditional methods of listing parking — such as posting a sign or using classified ads — by giving spot owners a simple, flexible way to make their parking available to the market. They can list their spots to be rented short-term (daily / hourly) or longer-term (weekly / monthly), and even just for specific hours during the day. ParqEx also provides personalized service to ensure that owners maximize the marketability of their spots by helping with pricing and photos, and to handle the reservation and payment details. Drivers then use the ParqEx smartphone app website to locate and book a spot that meets their needs.


About ParqEx

A technology company based in Chicago, Illinois, ParqEx is the private parking marketplace that connects owners of parking spots to people in need of a place to park. In urban areas where parking demand is high but existing options are scarce or expensive, ParqEx makes additional supply available to the driving public by listing exclusive inventory owned by local residents and businesses. Using ParqEx, parking owners are able to make some supplemental income from an underutilized asset while renters find more convenient and often less expensive parking options in hard-to-park locations. The ParqEx support team ensures that the entire process of listing, reserving, parking, and paying is as smooth as possible for all involved. Learn more at or download the app for free at the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores.

To Learn More: 

About ShareASpot

ShareASpot connects people who have unused parking spots with people who need parking. This is a win-win for both spot owners and spot renters. Spot renters can find parking that is more convenient and cost-effective and the spot earners can make a profit from their unused spots. By sharing these resources, we have made parking simple and easy!

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Consider This: Your Vacant Parking Spot in Chicago Could Help Pay the Rent

September 17th, 2015 Posted by Car, Chicago Travel Tips, Community, Feature, mobile app, Parking, ParqEx, sharing economy No Comment yet

You love Chicago, but the rent is killing you.

According to YardiMatrix, the average monthly rent in Chicago is $1,628. Rents grew nationwide, on a year-over-year basis, by 6.5% in the last year, so there’s no relief in sight.

If you are feeling the financial pinch of high rent, you’re going to have to get creative.

Take on a roommate or three? Well, maybe. You have thought about it, but then you take a look around your place and start imagining: pizza stains on the wall, strange wall-banging in the night, and a doesn’t-know-when-to-quit-talking stranger who hogs your favorite chair.

Maybe not.

Here’s a concept:

Rent out your garage or parking space.

People are out there right now who need a place to park in your neighborhood. If you live in a popular area such as Bucktown, Near Northside, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park/West Town or The Loop, they are especially desperate for a spot.

If your space is vacant—for an hour, a week, a month or long term—it’s a hot commodity. Maybe it’s time you turned that commodity into cash, creatively.

MEET PARQEX, THE PEER TO PEER PARKING APPSpot in Chicago Could Help Pay the Rent

ParqEx is the peer to peer parking app that allows people who need parking to find people who have parking. We provide a user-friendly online marketplace that matches registered members who own parking spots (Owners) with members who want to use them.

Download the app to your android or smartphone device and you are instantly connected to hundreds of people who are searching for a parking spot.


You set the price for your parking space. Prices vary by time, demand, location and other factors. You can use the app to see what other people are charging for similar spots to get an idea of the going rate.

You earn 80% of the rent money your parking spot earns. At the end of every month, the income is deposited into your account, or if you want to receive a check in the mail, allow an extra 15 days.


Not sure you want to rent your space to just anybody? The good news is that you don’t have to. At ParqEx we check and approve accounts, but in the end, you decide. Rent your space or not, it’s up to you.

We recently added an in-app chat feature (proof that we listen—this came as a result of app user feedback), that allows you to communicate with a prospect before committing, and after, to pin down all the details. This kind of personal connection sets ParqEx apart from the competition.


Your privacy is protected… we promise! Your information is safe and secure with us. Only the people you approve will receive your personal data. But don’t take our word for it, check out our Privacy Policy.


What if you listed your space as available, but decide to stay home and sink into your couch and Netflix?

Or what if your friends show up at your door with that road-trip look in their eyes and you get the feeling that your parking space might be vacant for, well, quite a while?

Not a problem—with ParqEx you can add or subtract your space from the list instantly.

In addition, we’re all about parking and only about parking at ParqEx. Unlike Craig’s List or the classifieds, you won’t have to share space with Go Pros and baby strollers.


ParqEx lives in Chicago too—at 111 West Illinois Street.

If you want more info, contact us and we’ll talk about how you’re going to turn your blank space into cash.

And while you’re making creative cash by renting out your parking space, try Elizabeth Atkinson’s 10 Things to Do for a Dollar in Chicago.

We’ll see you at Lillie’s Q.

How the Sharing Economy Found Parking

September 10th, 2015 Posted by Community, Feature, mobile app, Parking, ParqEx, sharing economy No Comment yet

If you had to choose to between paying full price for a product or to paying less for a similar product rented from a stranger on the Internet, which would you take? That’s the concept driving the push for the sharing economy.

The sharing economy includes services like Airbnb, Uber, and Lyft, and is turning many traditional industries on their heads. In New York City, the value of taxi medallions are dropping rapidly and taxi owners are protesting Uber’s growing market. The impact Uber and its competitor, Lyft, have are so big that the city is launching a rival app called Arro that functions similar to popular ride sharing apps only it’s strictly for NYC taxi cabs.

Taxi alternatives aren’t the only businesses disrupting traditional industries with the sharing economy. Airbnb is another key player in the “gig economy.” Airbnb is a rapidly growing service that turns spare bedrooms into hotel rooms. The service is so popular it just received $1.5 billion in funding to pursue growth in China.How the Sharing Economy Found Parking

What is driving the growth behind the sharing economy? Despite being around for several years now, websites like TaskRabbit and Elance haven’t seen nearly the growth that services like Uber and Airbnb are experiencing now. One explanation for why these services are so popular is their ability to rent out items that would otherwise go unused. It’s a passive way to make extra money.

Businesses in the sharing economy space seem to be catering to the college-aged crowd. Who other than a millennial would be willing to jump in a car with a stranger and stay overnight in another stranger’s spare room? Using the sharing economy is becoming part of everyday life for college students.

Another way college students are capitalizing on the sharing economy is with parking spaces. In Chicago, where some parking spots have a monthly rate similar to that of a small studio apartment, Parqex is making a big splash.

For owners, the app allows people with spare parking spaces the opportunity to make money with their unused spaces. The renting process is fairly quick and simple. Users enter the address of the available spot, upload a picture or two of the space, choose availability times, and then set the rate. Parqex’s system is flexible enough to allow people who commute away from the city during the day to rent out their spots to students who coming in to the city.

For renters, commuting to the colleges and universities can be a hassle but finding a parking spot just got easier. After you download the app, enter the address of your school to find which parking spots are available nearby. The app is also flexible for people looking to rent. Rather than committing to a parking spot for a month at a time, Parqex lets you rent the spot only for the time you need. It’s similar to paying for metered parking spot only now you know the spot will be there.

Sharing parking spaces is a logical move for the sharing economy. Now, not only can Uber driving millennials rent out their spare room, they can also rent out their parking spot while they’re working.

One of the more interesting aspects of the sharing economy is how everyday people who drive for Uber and rent out with Airbnb find new ways to keep customer interested in their services. Uber drivers are known to offer bottled water, maybe a snack, and always the aux cord to their passengers. Some drivers even install fun lighting systems for the nighttime crowd. On Airbnb, people renting out their spare room will go to extra lengths to make sure the stay is comfortable. Airbnb rooms are often redecorated and furnished with wall art and mini fridges to attract visitors. Some Airbnb locations even offer free breakfast.

When this attitude and spunk reaches the parking space sharing economy, can we expect fancy parking spot lighting and windshield washer fluid top-offs? Who’s to say.

For more information about how Parqex works, contact us today.

New Feature: Send Feedback

February 10th, 2015 Posted by Feature, mobile app, ParqEx No Comment yet

We know you love ParqEx; we make it easy for you to find reasonably priced parking in the city or make some extra money off your empty parking spots. But maybe you think there are some things we could be doing better.

We totally understand that; no one’s perfect, after all! That’s why our team has made it possible for you to send us your feedback about the app, our policies and anything else you can think of — all from within the app. Check out the new feature: send feedback from within the ParqEx mobile app.

The process is very simple. First make sure you’re logging into your account. Once you’ve taken care of that, click the menu. There, under “You” (where you would find your account information), you’ll now have the ability to select “Feedback.” Once clicked, we want you to tell us whatever it is that you think we can do better, as well as what you think is really great. We’re always working toward being the best version we can be, and your feedback is a major contributor to that. In advance, thanks a million!

When you’re done typing everything up, just hit the button that says “Send Feedback.” We’ll make sure we address your concerns, but we can only do that if we know what they are. With your feedback, we create a better app and you’re happier using us — everyone wins!

New Feature: Cancellation

February 10th, 2015 Posted by Feature, Parking, ParqEx No Comment yet

It’s wonderful to be able to book a parking spot in advance, but what about when your plans changed? You don’t want to pay for a place you no longer need, do you? Of course not! That’s why our team has been working diligently to create a New Feature: Cancellation in ParqEx. Now when your plans change, you aren’t going to be charged for it.

The cancellation feature allows you to cancel your reservation and receive a full refund up until 2 hours before the time of your reservation. If you don’t remember that, you can find that information underneath the availability for different spots or read the terms and conditions. For long-term parking cancellations, you’ll have to contact the host.

However, assuming you’re cancelling a short-term reservation, the process couldn’t be simpler. On the parking pass details screen, you’ll find the Cancellation policy listed once again — but this time, it is accompanied by a link that says, “Cancel This Reservation.” By clicking that at least two hours before your reservation starts, you’ve effectively cancelled your spot.

Want to double check? Look for the red circle when going through your reservations, where you can search by date and time. Yellow is expired, green is purchased and valid, and red confirms that you have cancelled the reservation. No need to worry about whether or not it went through!

If you click the reservation that you’ve cancelled, you’ll see that it also says cancelled. As well, your option to check-in will be gone, leaving you only able to save or contact the host.

As the host in this situation, you will be alerted immediately when someone cancels their reservation for your spot. It will be listed within your reservation details screen, so you’re able to get your spot back on the market as soon as possible.

This cancellation policy allows hosts and guests to easily change their plans and make adjustments on the spot, all within the app. What’s not to like about that?



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