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ParqEx: Finding Parking in the West Loop

Locating Parking in the Chicago West Loop/Fulton Market Neighborhood

January 21st, 2016 Posted by Car, Chicago Travel Tips, Community, mobile app, Parking No Comment yet

The corridor between downtown Chicago and the United Center is experiencing rapid growth, with new restaurants, apartments and condo complexes, and businesses opening in the neighborhood every day. Until now, finding a place to eat hasn’t been as big a challenge as finding parking in the Chicago West Loop/Fulton Market neighborhood.ParqEx: Finding Parking in the West Loop

A new mobile phone app from Parqex is designed to connect residents who have parking with visitors who need parking. Assume, for example, that you have a resident permit and guest passes for on-street parking. When you are not using your allotted parking spot, the Parqex app will connect you with someone who temporarily needs and is willing to pay for your spot. The app handles all administrative and operational aspects of showing where parking is available and billing, collecting and forwarding parking fees.

If you are the neighborhood visitor, the Parqex app shows you every available parking spot on a real-time basis. You can pick a spot when you arrive in the neighborhood or reserve one ahead of time. This on-demand technology uses parking resources to the fullest capacity at all times and gives you a safe, secure, and well-lit location for you to park your car.

You can download the Parqex app and use it immediately to find parking in the West Loop and Fulton market neighborhoods, as well as in many other parts of Chicago as the company expands its services. Please contact us, or do a search for “Parqex” to find our app and to eliminate your West Loop/Fulton market parking headaches.

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.

A True Dedication to Parking

August 12th, 2015 Posted by Parking, ParqEx No Comment yet

ParqEx is the peer to peer parking app, where people can find or list parking; a true dedication to parking.

Our message is clear: Find a spot, save money. List a spot, make money. We have truly supported this message and will make some key points for you to consider here when choosing ParqEx over other listing services, such as classified ads. Say peace to the classifieds!

1. We’ve Got 1 Purpose: Parking!

When searching for a parking spot, you can put your frustration to bed. Why? Because parking is the only objective we have, to serve you. When visiting a service truly dedicated to hosting the spots of local owners, you’ll find what you need, way easier. Many folks share extra spots on the online classified sites, yet aren’t making their most optimal potential on the spot because people do not visit the online classifieds just simply for parking. This is something to consider!

2. We Love You!

With over 3500 users engaged with our website and app every month, ParqEx is tried and true to serving you everyday. We provide support via phone, email and through our new integrated chat. In addition, many of our app updates have been because of customer suggestion. We are truly responsive and here to help you.

3. You Make the Rules!

Yes, you make the rules. You can list your spot for as short or as long as you want to. You can rent by the hour, day, week, month, year or custom. We are developing a feature to automatically collect rent monthly for long term rentals.

4. Safe and Secure!

ParqEx is your complete parking platform and we are thinking about safety. In keeping this model strong, we arm our site and transactions with the best guard of security. Transactions are cashless and simple. All business happens before you park.

5. We’re All About Community!

In addition to being “peer to peer” or “neighbor to neighbor,” we are also community-based and local. Our foundation resides on the fact that folks help one another by providing each other a service that is needed. This is key in the shared economy sector in which we are apart of. We all share our needs and fulfill wants to create relationships, and provide an excellent service.

How is ParqEx different?

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

There are plenty of parking applications to choose from. Plenty are more established, and pretty much any of them will get you a parking spot. So why choose us?

• We’re community-oriented. Unlike many parking sites and apps, we focus on renting you spaces from people in your community. You can give back to your friends, neighbors and co-workers by selecting their spot, and provide feedback to improve things for those people too.

• We’re reasonably priced. The idea behind these parking applications is that they’re cheaper, right? So why do some of these new apps charge so much? At ParqEx, we focus on providing you with the space you need, and let each owner set the fee that they feel is appropriate.

• We’re constantly improving. We don’t believe that things are ever perfect, so we work toward always bettering ourselves and what we offer. New updates release new features and changes that you’ve asked for. Trust us, we’re really listening to what you want and working to make it happen.

• We’re easy to use. Why make things harder than they have to be? With our app, it takes you less time and effort to rent or list a parking spot than many other applications make it. We know that you don’t have time to waste, so we ensure that we don’t take up more of it than we need to.

And those are just a few things! When you add everything up, we can hardly be competed against. We making parking, renting it or selling it, benefits you in ways that it just hasn’t before. Don’t miss out on all this; be sure to check us out.

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Protect Your Car (from People Who Can’t Park)

January 21st, 2015 Posted by Car, Garage, Parking, Safety No Comment yet

You could be the best driver in the world, but that won’t always keep your car safe. Unfortunately, there are plenty of people out there who don’t have your vehicle’s best interests at heart, and they could very easily leave your car in worse shape than you found it. However, there’s still hope for you and your vehicle — that’s why we at ParqEx are here to help. Here are a few tips on how to Protect Your Car (from People Who Can’t Park)

• Park in a garage. Parking inside a garage is one of the best ways to keep your car safe from fellow drivers. If you don’t have your own garage, you can very easily rent one of these private spots for a very reasonable price on ParqEx. Hosts will love making a few extra bucks while you love knowing your car is safe from harm and crazy drivers.

• Park in a private area. Take your car to a secluded area to prevent others from tapping into your bumper. This doesn’t mean you’re relegated to the woods, though; there are plenty of private, controlled access spots you can rent, even in big cities like Chicago. ParqEx offers dozens of listings to choose from as you find the best one for you.

• Park during the day. The day time tends to lead to more crowded parking, but it’s also when folks feel more accountable. In the light of day, people are more likely to be careful and watch what they’re doing — even if it’s only because other people can see them. Make sure you’ve got a spot in the day time by using ParqEx and reserving it early.

Commit these tips to heart. With a little luck and help from us, you (and your car) will stay in tip top shape!


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