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Father's Day Chicago

Top 5 Things To Do this Father’s Day in Chicago

June 14th, 2017 Posted by Chicago Events, Parking No Comment yet

Father’s Day is a time when families come together to celebrate the many things our dads do for us. From playing corn hole to the infamous family barbecue, there is no shortage of fun activities on Dad’s big day. Here is a list of five great places to enjoy some quality time with Dad this coming Sunday!


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Top 10 Memorial Day Weekend Activities in Chicago 2017

May 23rd, 2017 Posted by Memorial Day Weekend, Parking No Comment yet

Memorial Day Weekend to many Chicagoans serves as the first sign of summer. We collectively celebrate the brave men and women who died serving in the United States’ armed forces – and the celebration comes in the form of a variety of fun activities to enjoy while the weather heats up in Chicago.


Music Festivals in Chicago Spring & Summer ’17

May 18th, 2017 Posted by music, Parking No Comment yet

There’s never a dull weekend in Chicago, but when the weather warms up, the music festivals abound. Music festivals are some of the most fun and unique experiences you can find in the city. Let’s break down the best music festivals happening around Chicago this Spring and Summer.


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Top 10 May Events in Chicago

May 4th, 2017 Posted by Chicago Events, Parking No Comment yet

As the month of May rolls into Chicago we know summer is not far behind. Plus, there are a ton of great events in the city that really bring the summer atmosphere home. Let’s take a look at 10 of the premiere local events happening in Chicago during the month of May:


Chicago Auto Show

Chicago Auto Show 2017: Recapping The New Cars On Display This Year

February 23rd, 2017 Posted by Parking No Comment yet

If you’ve ever attended the Chicago Auto Show, you know it’s the biggest car show in the nation, presenting car technologies from every leading automaker. Held this year at McCormick Place from Feb. 11-20, Chicago Auto Show 2017 had innovations you’ve only read about, yet perhaps haven’t seen in person. Here, you’ll see it all, including prototypes for experimental cars, plus interactive displays to present what lies ahead.


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Five Free February Events in Chicago

January 19th, 2017 Posted by Chicago Events, Parking, sharing economy No Comment yet

February is nearly here, and with it comes a wide variety of fun Chicago events. Whether you are looking for a fun date idea or an activity for the whole family, you are sure to find something to suit your needs in the busy Windy City. Best of all, many of these upcoming events are absolutely free, making them accessible to all, no matter what your budget may be. (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.




10 Summer Festivals and Events in Chicago's Chinatown 2016

10 Summer Festivals and Events in Chicago’s Chinatown 2016

July 14th, 2016 Posted by Car, Chicago Events, Community, Parking No Comment yet

Summer has just begun, and things are heating up in Chicago’s Chinatown. Chinatown is already home to beautiful art, delectable food, affordable shopping and a rich Chinese-American history. But when summer comes, Chinatown unleashes an even more diverse array of fun and culture. With convenient Chicago Parking around Chinatown, courtesy of the Parqex app, there’s no reason to miss out on these summer festivals and events in Chicago.10 Summer Festivals and Events in Chicago's Chinatown 2016

Chinatown Food Tourongoing, begins at 3pm, from $50.00

Departs from under the Chinatown gate

This tour is available year-round, but a breezy summer day is the perfect condition for this walking adventure. You will visit a total of five tasting locations, with 3 of them allowing time to take in the authentic atmosphere. During the walking tour, you’ll enjoy the sites and sounds of downtown Chinatown!

Chinatown Walking TourMemorial Day- Labor Day, Fri-Sun, call for times, $10.00

Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute

This tour can be taken as a public event or as a private event, with a minimum of 8 people. The tour covers the entire 15 blocks of Chinatown and lasts for 1.5 hours, stopping at the most popular tourist sites, including the entrancing Nine Dragon Wall, Chinese Buddhist Temple and the exquisite Chinatown Mural.

Cumbiasazo Kids!July 2, 3pm – 8pm, free of cost 

Ping Tom Memorial Park.

Cumbiasazo dance parties supports the love of dance and music in our children. With live music, art, and performances, this is a family event you’ll want to participate in year after year.

Chinatown 5k & Youth Run- July 9th, begins at 8am, registration fee

Chinatown Square on Archer Avenue

This event is open for adults and youths. The 5k course runs through the heart of Chinatown for adult participants. The youth races will begin at 9am with a 200-meter race for children ages 6-8 and a quarter-mile race for 9-11. The race will open with a Lion Dance and there will be a post-race raffle. Don’t miss out on the chance to support Chinatown and be a part of the community!

Movies in the Park, Jurassic World– July 15th, 8:15 pm- 10:19 pm, free of cost

Ping Tom Memorial Park

Enjoy the atmosphere of nature while also watching an edge-of-your-seat movie. There’s nothing like an outdoor movie watching that invokes the nostalgia of childhoods past at the drive-in.

The Chinatown Summer Fair– July 17th, 10am- 8pm, free of cost

Chinatown- Archer and Wentworth Ave.

This is not your typical hometown fair. It infuses old Chinese traditions with modern, Chinese culture. Immerse yourself in fun and history with the iconic Lion Dance Procession. Enjoy martial arts performances, classical and modern Chinese music, and ancient art displays.

Tsukasa TaikoAugust 5, 6pm – 8pm, free of cost

Ping Tom Memorial Park

This live performance of Taiko drumming integrates Asian and American culture through contemporary infused music, in hopes to strengthen these combined communities. The sound is unmistakable and the experience unforgettable.

Chicago Shakespeare in the ParkAugust 14, 4pm – 5:30pm, free of cost

 Ping Tom’s Memorial Park

Come out to enjoy William Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, Twelfth Night. Full of farce, romance and confusion, this play will delight even the most fickle of play-goers.

Community Planting Day– September 18, 10am-12pm, free of cost

Ping Tom Memorial Park

Ping Tom Park Kids put lots of efforts into growing native plants for the park during camp over the summer. Join their parents and community giving those plants a permanent home in the ground. You will also have the opportunity to take a guided hike through the park and learn about its place in the urban ecosystem.

Slow Roll Nature Ride– September 18, 12pm- 3:30pm, free of cost

Departs from Ping Tom Memorial Park

Tour the historic Chinatown neighborhood on this community bike ride. The tour will highlight the Burnham Wildlife Corridor along the Chicago Lake Front, lead by a local nature expert. This event is perfect for all biking skills and bike types, as the tour is kept slow to take in all of the natural history the area has to offer.

Contact us for parking availability for these great events and others throughout the Chicago area!

ParqEx: Top 10 Chicago Events

Top 10 Upcoming Chicago Events

June 30th, 2016 Posted by Chicago Events, Chicago Travel Tips, Parking, ParqEx No Comment yet

Chicago is a beautiful city that offers many exciting events to its residents. Naturally, the hot months of summer are the best ones to catch some of the best events in the city. However, there are so many events taking place, it is easy to miss some of the best ones. To help you with this problem, we have developed a list of the top 10 upcoming Chicago events you should definitely check out.

ParqEx: Top 10 Chicago Events

1. South Loop Concerts

In the month of July, South Loop has a couple of fantastic concerts. On July 1st and 3rd, Guns N’ Roses is coming to town. They will take the stage on Soldier Field. Coldplay will also be playing on Soldier Field, later in the month on July 23rd and 24th.

2. Ravinia

Ravinia is a series of concerts that will be taking place throughout the entire summer. Every day a fantastic artist will perform. For example, Paul Simon will perform on June 18th and Patty LaBelle will take the stage on June 23rd.

3. Windy City LakeShake

For the country music fan, the Windy City LakeShake is an event you won’t want to miss. It takes place over the course of three days, June 17-19. Some of the top country artists will perform, including Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean.

4. Taste of Chicago

This outdoor food festival is one of the best in the nation. Along with foods that are unique to Chicago, you can enjoy live entertainment and fun activities every member of the family can enjoy.

5. Ruido Fest

Ruido Fest takes place July 8-10 at Addams/Medill Park. It is an Alternative-Latin festival that focuses on Spanish style reggae, hip-hop, electronic and a number of other music genres. Several popular artists will be taking the stage during this festival.

6. Pitchfork

Pitchfork is currently celebrating its 11th year. It is an internationally recognized festival that features over 40 fantastic bands. The festival takes place over the course of three days and is intended to highlight Chicago’s emerging music scene. This year’s festival will take place from July 15th through July 17th.

7. Chicago Open Air

One of the best things to enjoy at Chicago Open Air is the fantastic food options. Along with this, attendees have the opportunity to see some of the biggest names in the alternative music industry. For example, Korn, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson and Slipknot will all be performing during this festival. It takes place July 15-17 at Toyota Park, Bridgeview.

8. Millennium Park Summer Film Series

This is a great event to attend for those who are looking to enjoy a movie and a picnic dinner. Along with this event, Millennium Park offers a number of other summer events, like concerts, exhibits and even nature programs.

9. 20th Annual Chicago SummerDance

SummerDance is the largest outdoor dance series in the nation. Whether you love cha-cha, waltz, swing or another type of dance, you will be able to enjoy it here. The program takes place from June 24th through September 11th and offers live music and hour-long dance lessons.

10. Windy City Ribfest

Along with some great ribs, the Windy City Ribfest event offers live music, crafts and other vendors. The entrance fee is free, but there is a suggested donation price of $5 for those attending. This year, the festival will take place over the 4th of July weekend.

When you do make the choice to attend these events, make sure you plan your parking in advance. ParqEx has partnered with Bucktown/Wicker Park for some of these fabulous events and also services neighborhoods, such as South Loop, Ravenswood, Lake View, and many others that hold these fabulous events. With our assistance, you will always be able to find adequate parking so that you can enjoy everything your event has to offer.

To learn more about easy parking for attending events in the Chicago area, contact us today.


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