Baseball season means extra cash for residents of Wrigleyville/Lakeview who own parking spots. If you’ve ever driven to Wrigley Field for a game, you’ve probably seen private parking owners standing on street corners (usually with a monetary value written on a pizza box) hoping to sell their parking spot for the game. It usually looks something like this:
(Photo Courtesy of Chicago Tribune)
It’s pretty neat and unique that residents offer up their parking spots during Cubs game days. Not only does the owner of the parking spot make some extra cash, but these individuals are helping their community by unlocking more parking in the area for those who need it. It’s a win-win situation.
“I have a parking spot but don’t want to stand on the corner to sell it.”
It’s completely understandable why some individuals love the traditional “street-corner sign method” and have been engaging in such activities for years and years – it’s part of the Wrigleyville charm. So what if the owner of a parking spot wants to sell their parking, but has no time to do it? Now, with the ParqEx app, renting out a parking spot for Cubs games is easy – simply list the spot on the ParqEx app or website whenever it’s available, and let the market take over.
Cliff Osuji, Director of the Cornelia Baptist Church in Lakeview listed his 15 church parking spots on ParqEx last season.
“It was a no-brainer to list our church parking spots on the ParqEx app during the Cubs World Series run. We needed the extra income from our unused parking spots available many periods every week. We were able to get the needed extra income of almost $1000 in two days. ParqEx handled everything and we continue to help people in the hard-to-park neighborhood of Lakeview by providing a parking alternative in the community.”
You have the ability to list the time your spot(s) is available at the price you wish to earn, while accessing thousands of people who are in need of your spot before the game.
Watch the quick video below to see how this process works:
“I have a parking garage so ParqEx won’t work for me.” Not True!
With many private parking spots being located behind garage doors or gates, ParqEx has developed an innovative solution called Access+. The Access+ system allows renters and approved users to open any garage door or gate with a click of a button on their smart phones. Implementing Access+ increases rental opportunities, improves transparency into garage usage, and provides great convenience for both owners and renters.
For years, many residents have chosen and still choose to hire someone to “work the alley” and get their spot(s) filled. In exchange for a 50/50 split of the cash received (or a similar cash split), the individual hired is in charge of filling the property owner’s parking assets. ParqEx’s value over this arrangement is not only financial (ParqEx takes a 20% cut of the revenue), but residents also get transparency into who is using their spot, what car should (or shouldn’t) be there, get extra money if people extend their time, and can easily modify the pricing whenever they choose.
ParqEx user, Colm Heaney, has multiple properties near Wrigley Field and has implemented Access+ into several of his garages. This way, he can rent out his secured parking spaces for all Cubs games, even if he’s not home.
“ParqEx did a great job putting up signage on my properties; perfect sizing and positioning. It will definitely help get my spots rented and get traffic to the website,” Heaney said, “I also tested the garage door opener. It’s the coolest thing ever and now my parking spots can get rented out even when I’m not on site.”
So whether your parking spot is secure or not, ParqEx can get it rented. Spend more time sitting on your couch this baseball season as Cubs fans happily rent your parking spot through the app. GO CUBS!