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How the IoT is Reducing Parking Woes in Cities by Creating Incentive

February 16th, 2017 Posted by Parking No Comment yet

As rapid innovation continues with IoT technologies, the results of their combined use are yet to be fully understood. The reverberations of the shift, though, will be felt as an after effect of the sweeping change, the transformation from outdated legacy systems, modes, methods, and tools – to innovative online software solutions in the cloud.

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Holiday Shopping with ParqEx

The Joy of Holiday Shopping with ParqEx

December 15th, 2016 Posted by Holidays, mobile app, Parking, parking spots No Comment yet

The holiday season is here, and that means plenty of shopping is in your future. Finding the perfect gift for each and every person on your list is a fun part of the holiday season that most everyone looks forward to.

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ParqEx: How to Enjoy the Holidays in Chicago with the Sharing Economy

Using the Sharing Economy to Enjoy the Holidays in Chicago

December 8th, 2016 Posted by AirBnB, Holidays, mobile app, Parking, ParqEx, sharing economy No Comment yet

The holiday season is here, and while the bitter cold winters in Chicago may not be everyone’s thing, nobody can resist an amazing Chicago-style holiday season. After all, the holidays in Chicago mean elaborate decorations, frazzled-but-jovial holiday shoppers, and that warm fuzzy feeling everyone loves. Who can resist all of that?

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ParqEx: Who Wants the Sharing Economy?

Who Wants A Sharing Economy?

November 10th, 2016 Posted by Parking, ParqEx, sharing economy, startup No Comment yet

Is the concept of a sharing economy a solution to traffic congestion and downtown parking shortages in metropolitan areas? If automobiles and transportation become part of a shared economy model, will this also reduce less demand for parking lots and parking spaces? Will cities like Chicago and Los Angeles become easier to navigate and air quality improve? What is the likelihood for a sharing economy to become a reality in the future and transform how we drive and park?

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ParqEx: 4 Ways the Sharing Economy Can Help You

4 Ways the Sharing Economy Can Help You

November 3rd, 2016 Posted by mobile app, Parking, ParqEx, sharing economy No Comment yet

The idea of sharing with your neighbor is as old as time. We share an egg when our next-door neighbor runs out, we share a ride with our workmate when their car breaks down, and we happily share our time to help our child’s teacher at the class holiday party.

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How the Sharing Economy is the Future of Innovation in Business

October 27th, 2016 Posted by Parking, sharing economy No Comment yet

There’s no doubt that technology has been rapidly advancing over the last decade, yet foreseeing the results of its impact on society and business isn’t so clear. We can safely say the future will be shaped by online technology, especially cloud and mobile computing technology, which is making what’s called the sharing economy possible. In order to expound on these thought, let’s examine how the sharing economy is the future of innovation in business.

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ParqEx: Real Estate Tech is Booming

Real Estate Tech is Booming

October 13th, 2016 Posted by mobile app, Parking, ParqEx No Comment yet

What’s the most frequent and frustrating real estate problem most people face?

It’s not finding an apartment or buying a house or renting a motel room. For many people this is a daily struggle.

Finding a parking place.

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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!

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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!

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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! 

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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! 

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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.

 

 

 

Park Smarter, Live Better

September 7th, 2016 Posted by Car, Chicago Travel Tips, Community, mobile app, Parking, ParqEx, startup No Comment yet

Park the way YOU want! Here are 4 reasons why using ParqEx will make your life a lot better:

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  • You’ll save money. It’s simple: parking in the city using ParqEx will save you money. We all hate that feeling of spending $20 on something, later to find out that same thing was available for $10. Once you pay that $50 to park outside Wrigley Field, you’re not getting that money back after you realize ParqEx had an available spot even closer to the stadium for half the price. With parking, unfortunately there are no price adjustments or price matching. Why pay more than you should for parking when you can be spending your hard earned money on things you love; like Cubs and Blackhawks tickets. Start spending money the way you want to spend it. It’s more fun that way!

 

  • You’ll make money. There aren’t too many things better than making money while doing nothing. If you’re already making money by sitting on the couch watching the Bears on Monday Night Football, well, here’s a way you can be making more money – and if you’re not yet as lucky as the Bears fan mentioned above, here’s where ParqEx comes to the rescue. It’s as easy as downloading the ParqEx app on your smart phone or tablet or visiting the ParqEx website and listing your parking spot on our platform. It’s like listing your apartment on Airbnb, but doing so with your parking spot. So if you’re working a 9-5 job or going on vacation for a week, list your parking spot on ParqEx daily, weekly, or monthly and start earning the money you deserve.

 

  • You’re caring about your community. Parking can be frustrating. Very frustrating. Why? Because there always seems to be WAAAY more cars looking for parking than parking spots available. ParqEx is solving the parking crisis by making more parking spots readily available, but we can’t do it without your help. By listing your spot on the ParqEx website or app, you can help out your community by making it easier for everyone to park – and in turn, these people can spend more time doing what they want to do in your city.

 

  • Believe it or not, you’ll have fun! We all know the satisfying feeling of finding the perfect parking spot. It’s usually worthy of a fist pump or a high five with the person in the passenger seat. ParqEx makes you feel that way every single time you park. Using ParqEx, you can see all of the spots available near your destination. Try to find the spot that you think is most valuable!

 

Whether you need a parking space for just a day, a whole week, or an entire month, or are looking to rent your space on our app, check out the rest of our site and familiarize yourself with us! We know you may have further questions, so please give us a call or send us an email if you want to chat!

ParqEx Named Best Tech Startup in Chicago

September 2nd, 2016 Posted by Chicago Events, mobile app, Parking, ParqEx No Comment yet

Tech in Motion has announced ParqEx as the “Best Technology Startup” in Chicago at the 2nd Annual Timmy Awards, which recognizes the top workplaces for technology professionals. The Chicago tech community chose ParqEx from a field of 10 finalists, including Rippleshot, UrbanBound, Crowdfind and runner-up Peanut Butter. ParqEx is a private parking marketplace that allows parking spot owners to rent their parking spaces daily, weekly or monthly. In doing so, parking spot owners can make some extra cash, while renters have access to more available, affordable parking. ParqEx is currently available for use in Chicago, but will be expanding to other cities including Milwaukee and Madison in the near future.

“With so many fantastic startups launching in our community, it was especially thrilling to announce ParqEx as Chicago’s Best Technology Startup,” said Tech in Motion organizer David Belsky, Regional Director of Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates Chicago. “The competition was intense, with more than 11,000 votes coming in. We plan to keep honoring top Chicago-area leaders like ParqEx as a part of our annual Timmy Awards.”

ParqEx is accessible via smartphone and the web and provides drivers with immediate access to an exclusive parking inventory. The ParqEx Access+ garage door opener services is the first of its kind and offers access to parking located behind doors and gates. With Access+, residents and approved visitors can open garage doors and gates from their smart phones, making more parking available to the community. ParqEx continues to grow

“The ParqEx team is honored to receive this award and is looking forward to helping more and more people not only find affordable parking, but help parking spot owners make some extra money,” ParqEx CEO, Vivek Mehra said, “Our company will solve the parking crisis that impacts many communities by making parking easier, affordable and more readily available.”

The Timmy Awards are presented throughout the year in cities across North America, including Boston, San Francisco and Toronto. Previous winners have included innovators such as Jet.com, LearnVest, Venmo, Trip Advisor, Gilt, Constant Contact, Casper and Instacart. The next Timmy Awards ceremonies are the Silicon Valley’s Inaugural Timmy Awards in September and Orange County & San Diego’s 2nd Annual Timmy Awards in October. Please visit techinmotionevents.com/awards for more information.

About ParqEx

Founded in 2014 by Vivek Mehra, ParqEx is a community-based platform that allows parking spot owners to rent their parking spots on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Download the app on the App Store or Google Play, or call (855) PARQEX-1 for more information.

About Tech in Motion Events

Tech in Motion is an international events series that brings local tech community professionals together to connect, learn, and innovate. What started as a collaborative project between IT recruiting firms Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates in 2011, grew into an organization of over 65,000 members across 11 chapters in North America including Boston, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, LA, Orange County and Toronto. Please visit www.techinmotionevents.com for more information about our notable speakers, sponsors and events.

ParqEx: Labor Day Weekend Getaways from Chicago

Labor Day Weekend Getaways from Chicago

August 25th, 2016 Posted by Car, Chicago Travel Tips, Parking, ParqEx No Comment yet

Summer’s almost over, so it’s time to start thinking about planning one last getaway over Labor Day weekend. Whether you are looking for scenic destination close to Chicago, or one last dip in the ocean, we’ve got your Labor Day weekend getaway planning covered — from the food to the hotels to the airport parking.

ParqEx: Labor Day Weekend Getaways from Chicago

Close to Chicago

Starved Rock State Park

About 100 southwest of Chicago

At Starved Rock State Park flat Illinois is cleaved into canyons, cliffs and waterfalls.

To Do: Take a guided or independent hike into the 18 scenic canyons and relax at one of the 14 waterfalls. Keep a look out for the local wildlife including eagles, badgers, coyotes and many other species. If you are looking for other hiking options, check out the 5 miles of canyon trails at nearby Matthiessen State Park.

Stay: The Starved Rock Lodge was completed in the 1930s as a Civilian Conservation Core project. The CCC employed young men during the height of the Great Depression and put them to work on projects in parks across the country. The lodge maintains a rustic charm and lets you go from your room to the trail in a matter of seconds.

Eat: The Lodge has a legendary restaurant, so plan to have at least one meal there. For a breakfast or lunch, check out Nonie’s Bakery and Cafe. They bake their own bread, so you must try their famous french toast! If you are looking for a dinner with a little more kick, head to Cajun Connection for the best Louisiana cooking north of the Mason-Dixon.

Getaways Outside Illinois

Boston, MA and the New England Coast

Fly: Southwest has direct, round-trip flights (Depart Friday, September 2nd and Return Monday, September 5th) from Midway starting at $280.

Park: Skip the long-term parking at the airport and check out the Chicago parking start up ParqEx. ParqEx lets you easily find and plan parking where and when you need it at affordable rates. Download the app here to get started.

If you Stay in Boston

To Do: Maximize your time in Boston by walking the Freedom Trail. The Trail hits all the major points of interest including the Boston Common, the Old State House, the Old North Church, Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution. Boston is famous for being the birthplace of the craft beer movement and still has a vibrant beer scene. Check out where it all started by taking a free tour of the Sam Adams Brewery. The tour includes free samples of a number of their seasonal and specialty variety beers.

Stay: The Inn at St. Botolph is located in Boston’s historic South End and is just steps away from the Prudential Center T station. The Inn is an old brownstone mansion that’s been converted into a hip boutique hotel. Rooms start at $269 per night.

Eat: Island Creek Oyster Bar serves the freshest seafood in Boston. They have their own oyster bed in nearby Duxbury and offer a full selection of raw bar and dinner items. For breakfast, lunch, desert, or an anytime sweet, check out one of the three locations of Flour Bakery and Cafe.

If you Want to Hit the Coast

To Do: Head north of Boston to the beautiful, historic towns of the North Shore. Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts is a gorgeous, sandy stretch of shoreline on the historic Crane Estate. After you’ve gotten your fill of the waves, hike up to the breathtaking estate grounds. Weather not cooperating for a beach day? The picturesque nearby town of Essex is famous for its carefully curated antique shops.

Stay: The Ipswich Inn Bed and Breakfast offers elegant rooms and a tasty breakfast in a gorgeously restored 150-year old house in historic Ipswich, MA. Rooms start at $135 per night.

Eat: A visit to the Essex area isn’t complete without stopping by Woodman’s of Essex for their fried local oysters and fresh boiled lobster. Had your fill of seafood? Bunz Burgers are famous for not only their juicy burgers but stringer fries with a plethora of toppings.

Heading out somewhere else this Labor Day weekend? Need long-term parking while you are gone? Contact us about finding parking that fits your needs.

Driverless Cars Are the Next Transportation Shift

July 21st, 2016 Posted by Car, Chicago Events, Chicago Travel Tips, Parking No Comment yet

Most people would still be somewhat surprised that there are driverless cars on the roads in some American cities even now. Yet, according to the Google self-driving car project, they’ve driven 1.5 million miles already, “…and are currently out on the streets of Mountain View, CA; Austin, TX; Kirkland, WA; and Metro Phoenix, AZ. Maybe you’ve seen them out there? Either way, it seems driverless cars are the next transportation shift.

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It was less than a hundred years ago when automobiles started becoming the normal transportation mode in America, replacing the horse and buggy. Then came the suburbs and massive road projects throughout the country, which gave most Americans a need for an individual vehicle. In modern (2016) times, crowded traffic and environmental concerns have created a need for another transportation shift.

Electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as those that run off alternative fuels like vegetable oil, have gained traction among many metro residents, but the majority of Americans still enjoy the convenience and ease of their larger gas vehicles.

Driverless cars are another addition to the alternative options to gas/diesel vehicles; this transportation option is sort of like taking public transportation, yet in an individual vehicle. As of now, these driverless vehicles are being rolled out to the market as semi-automated, so don’t worry, Google ensures us there are test drivers aboard now.

According to an article in online publication Business Insider, called: “10 Million Self-Driving Cars Will Be on the Road by 2020”, written on June 15, 2016 by John Greenbough, we learn: “Companies like Mercedes, BMW, and Tesla have already released, or are soon to release, self-driving features that give the car some ability to drive itself.”

This goes beyond the cruise control most of us have used before, rather a self-driving car defined by BI’s report is “…any car with features that allow it to accelerate, brake, and steer a car’s course with limited or no driver interaction.”

According to Wikipedia, there were 255.8 million passenger vehicles on the roads in 2013. So, 10 million would be about 4 percent of this figure. Mostly, driverless cars are being rolled out in cities such as Chicago, which according to an article found in online publication Chicago Tribune called: “Driverless Cars are Coming. Are Cities Ready?” written by Amina Elahi on June 15, 2016, we learn: “Cities will need to adapt infrastructure and regulations in the near future…”

The article goes on to explain just how near: “Fully autonomous cars are likely to be available commercially between 2018 and 2020…referencing automaker reports.”

The robotic compliance with traffic signals and (hoped for) error-free sensing of objects around them, should lead to fewer accidents and tickets. The small size of the driverless cars would also lead to less congestion and more parking availability.

So, don’t be surprised if you’re driving around in a metro city in the next couple years and see a driverless car zooming around. As of now, these cars should have someone in them, but in time we can expect to see cars without anyone in them at all – driving to pick someone up we can gather.

Driverless cars definitely represent a transportation shift in many ways. How popular and accepted they’ll become among Americans is yet to be known, but projected plans and testing now are confidently pressing on to a massive roll out of the idea. Like most new transportation technology, people will have to get used to the idea and begin to trust it’s safe.

Would you purchase a driverless car? Whether the answer is yes or no, you’ll still need to find parking in Chicago and other major cities. The ParqEx App is a technological solution that solves people’s parking problems, and helps people make money too. Basically, find and reserve a parking spot when and where you need it, from our exclusive database list of parking spots available. These are private parking spaces placed on our app by users with parking spaces for rent.

Advancing technology is helping to solve complex transportation issues; driverless cars and ParqEx are two examples of how this is unfolding. While driverless cars may take years to become a workable solution, ParqEx is available now for those looking for parking or wanting to make money by renting their parking spaces. Please contact us to learn more.

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: 5 of Our Favorite Chicago Summer Festivals

Five of Our Favorite Chicago Summer Festivals

June 9th, 2016 Posted by Chicago Travel Tips, Community, Parking, ParqEx No Comment yet

Chicago is a town that knows how to party, so the only difficult thing about recommending five of our favorite Chicago summer festivals is narrowing it down to five. There are music festivals, food festivals, ethnic festivals, art festivals, and more. From the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival to the 57th Street Art Fair, from Ribfest Chicago to the Great American Lobster Fest, Reggae Fest Chicago to Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, from Chicago Gospel Music Festival to Printers Row Lit Fest, there are celebrations to suit every taste.

ParqEx: 5 of Our Favorite Chicago Summer Festivals

Gold Coast Art Festival, located in Grant Park, is considered the “Granddaddy of American art festivals.” June 18 and 19, 2016, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm will be the 59th annual Gold Coast Art Festival. It’s considered one of the top thirty juried art festivals in the United States, with displays from over 300 artists. There will be food, drink, live music, and children’s activities. Go to admire or go to buy. ParqEx can help you find a parking spot nearby, so you don’t have to carry your purchases a mile or more to your car.

Fiestas Puertorriqueñas and Puerto Rican People’s Parade is a four day festival of Puerto Rican heritage, from June 16 to June 19, 2016. One of the largest Latino cultural events in the United States, this celebration takes place in Humboldt Park. The 37th anniversary of the Puerto Rican People’s Parade will be along Division Street. In addition to the parade, there will be live music, entertainment, carnival rides, authentic Caribbean cuisine, arts & crafts, dancing, and much more.

Square Roots Music Festival is a chance to have a great time and help the community. Money raised by the festival supports Old Town School of Folk Music scholarship programs and Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce farmers markets and concerts. The festival is in Lincoln Square, July 8 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, July 9 from 12 noon to 11:00 pm, and July 10 from 12 noon to 9:00 pm. More than 30 craft beers from local breweries will be available for tasting. There are plenty of activities for those under 21: games and arts & crafts. Musical performances range from indie rock to folk music to jazz.

Lollapalooza is a four day music festival in Grant Park, running from July 28 to 31. This year’s entertainers include world-famous rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, electronic-eclectic band Major Lazer, pop singer Lana del Rey, rock band Jane’s Addiction, hip-hop band Flatbush Zombies, singer-songwriter Melanie Martinez, indie rock band Frightened Rabbit from Glasgow, Scotland, pop singer Alina Baraz, English folk group Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Norwegian musician Cashmere Cat, English rock band Radiohead, Chicago rapper Towkio, and too many others to list here. In addition to some of the world’s best musicians, there will be an art market, shopping, and photo opportunities. There’s a mini-fest for children where they can have fun. Food comes from some of Chicago’s favorite restaurants, rather than the usual carnival fare. This year is Lollapalooza’s 25th anniversary. Come experience the music and the energy. Let ParqEx help you find parking for all four days.

The Chicago Air and Water Festival is the largest free festival of its kind. August 20 and 21, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, the place to be will be North Avenue Beach. This year will be the 58th anniversary of the Chicago Air and Water Festival, featuring aerial acrobatics, watercraft daredevilry, food, and music. Performers at the festival include US Navy Blue Angels, US Army Golden Knights parachute teams, the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs parachute team, the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, and the Chicago Fire Department Air/Sea Rescue team. From biplanes to jet planes, the Chicago Air and Water Festival has aircraft and stunts to thrill you.

For more information on the best festivals in Chicago, how to get there, and where to park, contact us.

ParqEx: How Technology Innovation is Changing Transportation

How Technology Innovation is Changing Transportation and Shipping in 2016

May 26th, 2016 Posted by mobile app, Parking, ParqEx, startup No Comment yet

The transportation and shipping industries are getting smarter and more innovative every day, thanks to a fruitful partnership between IoT and the ever-expanding sharing economy. The latest developments with these technologies are improving roadways and shipping ways for individuals and businesses alike–including these innovative examples.

ParqEx: How Technology Innovation is Changing Transportation

BlipTrack Sensors Helping Road Engineers in Europe Create Better Traffic Flow

Blip Systems has attached sensors to city streets that allow for some interesting real-time analysis of traffic congestion patterns. The sensors are designed to pick up the presence of smart devices that drivers are carrying with them in their cars. The sensors accomplish this by obtaining the MAC addresses of smartphones via Bluetooth or WIFI as the drivers pass by. This data is then time-stamped and encrypted and sent to the Blip System server. From there, researchers can observe highly detailed, real-time traffic flow data. Every driver basically becomes a trackable pin on a map, and the road engineers can observe the congestion patterns of all the pins moving along the roads.

This has big implications for engineers who want to make more informed decisions about reducing traffic jams. As this article notes:

Road engineers analyze the collected data to help pinpoint the source of congestion. They then experiment with changes to infrastructure, such as the addition or removal of traffic lights at key intersections, in order to smooth traffic flow. The engineers watch the journey time data especially closely after they add a traffic light, Gilbert adds, to make sure it does not cause unexpectedly slow sections on the roads.

Will we soon see similar sensors on the streets of Chicago? If so, then hopefully our road engineers can become more effective in reducing traffic congestion and commute times.

Nimber: Sharing Economy Technology Comes to Personal Shipping

The sharing economy, which has taken advantage of our billions of mobile devices and vast connections to each other, to create the greatest bartering activity in the history of the world.

Our innovative sharing economy is now sweeping into the world of personal shipping.

Now, thanks to the company Nimber, people in the UK can help other people ship items. It’s absurdly simple, but so very brilliant–as explained on Nimber’s page: “Nimber is a community delivery service that matches people who need to send something with someone going that way, anyway. By working together as a community we can make shipping convenient, sustainable, and more personal.”

It gets better.

The price of shipping is determined not by Nimber but by the two parties who are agreeing to help one another. You post the item you want shipped on Nimber, and when a “bringer,” as Nimber calls them, sees your post and agrees to take your item with them when they go to that location, you work out a price with that person.

Such a service raises plenty of eyebrows and questions, of course. But it appears to be working, and Nimber adds this guarantee to their description of the app: “We insure every item up to 1000€. If something happens in transit we will either replace the item or repair it up to that amount. We’ve had very few claims to date, but we want you to rest assured.”

This is a UK-only app, but the implications are intriguing. Will Nimber, or an app similar to it, eventually come to Chicago? Once Nimber gets the bugs worked out by establishing its services in the UK, will it storm the US with an amazing new shipping option that will blow apart the FedEx, UPS, USPS world?

Time will tell.

You Don’t Have to Travel to the UK to Benefit From the Sharing Economy

While you might have to wait for that innovative shipping service to come to you, you don’t have to wait to benefit from the sharing economy in Chicago. The app ParqEx is a superb example of this kind of innovation. It locates privately owned parking spots in Chicago and uses ParqEx’s large network of users to allow you to reserve an ideal parking spot in advance. And when you reserve, you can be as specific as month, week, day, or hour.

Or you can use the app to rent out your parking space to someone else and gain an extra stream of income.

If you love technology innovation and the sharing economy as much as we do, contact us to learn more about Parqex.

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