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How Parents Can Save Time, Energy and Money using the Sharing Economy

April 17th, 2017 Posted by Parking, sharing economy No Comment yet

If you’re a parent, you know just how much work goes into raising a little one. From diapers and bottles to ballet class and sports practice, there is a lot of stress involved in the process. Fortunately, all of the work is well worth the multitude of snuggles and kisses a parent receives in return.

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Tech In Motion: Smart City IoT

January 20th, 2017 Posted by Chicago Events, Parking, sharing economy No Comment yet
Ever heard of a smart home? How about a smart city?

On Wednesday, January 25th, Tech in Motion , in conjunction with National Association of Realtors, hosted a panel event: Smart City – IoT in Chicago. (more…)

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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…)

Sharing Some of Chicago’s Best Winter Events

December 22nd, 2016 Posted by Car, Chicago Events, Holidays, mobile app, Parking, parking spots, restaurants, sharing economy, West Loop No Comment yet

Chicago, the city of the big shoulders. There’s always plenty to see and do in Chicago. Let us share some information with you on winter events in the Windy City.

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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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Top 5 Things To Do In Evanston

November 29th, 2016 Posted by Community, mobile app, Parking, ParqEx, sharing economy, startup No Comment yet

1.) Eat at Buffalo Joe’s


If you like buffalo wings, you’re going to LOVE Buffalo Joe’s. I’ve been going to Buffalo Joe’s ever since I was a little kid (I’m 23 now) and my mouth still waters just thinking about the savory, buttery goodness of the famous Buffalo Joe’s wing sauce. Oh, and let’s not forget that the quality of the chicken wings is good, too. Really good. One bite and you’re hooked; trust me. This Evanston staple is sure to satisfy your taste buds.

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ParqEx: Understanding the Sharing Economy

Understanding The Sharing Economy

November 17th, 2016 Posted by Parking, ParqEx, sharing economy, startup, Uber No Comment yet

We’ve been told ever since we were little that we need to share with other people. Whether it’s our toys, our feelings, or our space, we were told that we get more out of sharing than we give up. Thanks to technology, though, we’ve taken those ideas of sharing, and expanded them. We now have a sharing economy, and it has completely revolutionized the way we do things.

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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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In the News with ParqEx

October 25th, 2016 Posted by Community, mobile app, Parking, ParqEx, sharing economy, startup No Comment yet

ParqEx is pumped to be finalist for 2016’s “50 on Fire!”


We are 1 of just 16 B-to-C companies to make the list out of hundreds of applicants!

Chicago is one of the most diversified economies in the world, with no single industry employing more than 14% of the workforce. And this diversity extends to the city’s innovation economy, with an eclectic mix of startups, categories, entrepreneurs, enterprise tech companies, STEM organizations, universities, and more making up the ecosystem.

50 on Fire is Chicago Inno’s annual awards show, celebrating the individuals and organizations that are heating up Chicago across a variety of industries. It is a reflection of Chicago’s ecosystem at large – a collection of people and organization in a number of different roles, stages, and categories – that are, for lack of a better term, on fire. If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes an entire city to build an innovation.

ParqEx is absolutely thrilled to be one of just 16 B2C companies to be included in the prestigious list.

To read the full article, click here.


Hot spots!

Here are a few of our currently featured parking spots. Going to be in the area and need an easy place to park? Click on the spot you want. Book it. You’re a VIP.


A ParqEx original film

 

Jeff & Matt: A story about the day two people became friends through parking.

 

Jeff & Matt were once sad. Jeff drives to the big city every day from the suburbs. Jeff gets lots of headaches figuring out where to park. Matt lives in the big city. Matt has a parking space, but doesn’t always use it.

ParqEx to the rescue! The simple ParqEx app allows Matt to rent his parking space to Jeff. Jeff doesn’t have to worry about where to park anymore. Matt makes some extra money. Jeff and Matt are now friends.

To list or find parking (and maybe a new friend), click here!


 

ParqEx company news bits:

 

ParqEx: Always expanding!
This month, Parqex signed deals with Farpoint Development and MO2 Properties.

ParqEx CEO at VentureFWD Summit
ParqEx Founder and CEO Vivek Mehra was one of an esteemed and select group of innovators and leaders to speak at the 2016 Venture for Women & Diversity Summit.

ParqEx is hiring in Chicago and Wisconsin
ParqEx is looking for leaders, including Jr. Account Executives (Sales) in both Madison and Milwaukee. See the full list of opportunities at our great company.


GAME CHANGER: ParqEx Access+

With Access+, residents and approved visitors can open the garage door from their smartphones. Garage owners can simplify management and improve control of the garage.

Interested? Learn more here!


 

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Elmspring Rush: Highlighting the 10 Companies

October 19th, 2016 Posted by Chicago Events, mobile app, Parking, parking spots, ParqEx, sharing economy, startup No Comment yet

The Elmspring Accelerator is a venture accelerator that invests in technology startups who aim to disrupt the real estate and housing industry.

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Jeff & Matt: A ParqEx Original Film

October 12th, 2016 Posted by Community, mobile app, Parking, ParqEx, sharing economy, startup No Comment yet

Meet our friends Jeff & Matt:


        Jeff            Matt

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Jeff & Matt were once sad:

 

Jeff drives to the big city every day from the suburbs. Jeff gets lots of headaches figuring out where to park.

Matt lives in the big city. Matt has a parking space, but doesn’t always use it.


This is where ParqEx comes to the rescue!

 

The simple ParqEx app allows Matt to rent his parking space to Jeff.

Jeff doesn’t have to worry about where to park anymore.

Matt makes some extra money.

Jeff and Matt are now friends.

Watch the video below! 


 

 

 

We are solving the urban parking problem together.

October 12th, 2016 Posted by Community, mobile app, Parking, ParqEx, sharing economy, startup No Comment yet

Parking in the big city doesn’t have to suck. Together, we are solving the parking problem by using the resources we already have and sharing them with others. We can solve the urban parking problem; we just need to work together.

Restaurant Picks: West Loop

October 6th, 2016 Posted by Chicago Restaurants, Chicago Travel Tips, Food, mobile app, Parking, ParqEx, restaurants, sharing economy, startup, West Loop No Comment yet

If you don’t love food, don’t read this. If you’re hungry, you probably shouldn’t read this, either. Salivation will occur. We are about to explore some of the best restaurant spots in the West Loop of Chicago.

There are so many restaurant connoisseurs out there. They all eat at the best restaurants in every city and usually end up writing reviews. These reviews usually include words like “Confit” to describe chicken, “Tartar” to describe finely chopped meat or fish, or “Amuse Bouche,” meaning “amuse the mouth.”

That’s all fine and dandy, but I have a different style. I’m not going to use big culinary words in this post; I’m simply going to tell you what I’ve tried and what I like. I like to eat things that taste good and I want to tell you about them so you can try them out, too. That’s the purpose of this post. This particular post will focus on restaurants in Chicago’s West Loop.

West Loop Top Grub Spots


1.) Girl & The Goat

Believe the hype; Girl & The Goat is for real. Located on the 800 block of West Randolph Street, Stephanie Izard’s food is nothing short of awesome. Specializing in small plates, Girl & The Goat just feels like a happening place right when you walk in the door. The atmosphere is great, and the food is even better. The service is top-notch  the staff is knowledgeable and the atmosphere is not too pretentious. Plus, the brains behind the operation and Executive Chef, Izard, was born in Chicago. Oh yeah, you can drink wine there, too. 

What I Ordered:

  • Soft Shell Chili Crab = so good 
  • Wild Striped Bass = unbelievably good 
  • Goat Empanadas = you have to get them 

Izard has also opened two other restaurants in the West Loop, Little Goat Diner and Duck Duck Goat. Trust me, you can’t go wrong with any of the three. 


2.) Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Originating in Memphis, Gus’s is the best spot for fried chicken. Not the best place for a first date (lots of finger licking involved). Hit up Gus’s in the Fulton Market District for some of the best fried chicken you’ve ever had. Gus knows how crispy to make his chicken and he knows how spicy to make his chicken. The crunch to spice ratio is on point and the chicken is just about as juicy as it gets. Oh wait, don’t forget to order the fried pickles. If you like pickles, it’s a no doubter. 

Recap: 

  • Gus’s Famous Fried Chicken has earned the right to call itself “famous” 
  • Order white or dark meat, they’re both really damn good 
  • Fried pickles = better than un-fried pickles 
  • I’m not much of a sweets guy, but I’ve heard great things about their homemade pies 


3.) Nonna’s Sandwiches and Sundries

Let me tell ya, Nonna knows how to make a heavenly meatball sub. The Italian beef is really good, too. If you’re ever in the West Loop for lunch and want something fairly quick, Nonna’s is your spot. It’s a little on the pricey side for a sandwich shop ($10-$11 for a sandwich), but you get what you pay for. You won’t leave hungry. My co-worker, Dan, eats about 1-2 Nonna’s meatball subs per week. I’m thinking about adopting a similar routine. 

Postgame Analysis: 

  • Great meatball sub
  • Excellent lunch spot 
  • Very solid Italian beef 

Little tip: get the hot giardiniera on your meatball sub!


4.) Au Cheval

If you’re lucky enough to get into Au Cheval without having to wait hours for a table, don’t pass up on the opportunity; it’s as good a restaurant as advertised. I ordered the double burger with a fried egg and bacon. The bacon was extremely thick and tasty, and the fried egg was an excellent addition to the juicy, perfectly cooked burger. Au Cheval also has a great selection of specialty cocktails. It’s a perfect place for a date or a good time with your pals. Expect to spend some money, especially if you’re planning on drinking. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself 😉 


5.) Glazed and Infused (Doughnuts)

Technically not a restaurant, but still food. Good food. Desert. Sorry, my sentences are getting shorter and shorter because I am now drooling. There isn’t much to say about Glazed and Infused except that they make awesome doughnuts. After eating at one of the four spots above, infuse yourself with some glaze-y goodness. Try anything because they’re all good. 

West Loop Parking sucks. So if you are in fact heading down to Chicago’s hottest neighborhood, make sure you rent parking in advance using ParqEx. Simply download the ParqEx app on the App Store or Google Play or sign up on the ParqEx website. ParqEx is a peer to peer parking technology platform. Simply rent parking Chicago or list parking Chicago to make your parking experience a lot easier, and better.


About ParqEx:

ParqEx is a technology company that connects owners of private parking spots to people looking for parking. In urban areas where parking demand is high but available 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 get access to exclusive inventory in more convenient and 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.

ParqEx has also developed the revolutionary Access+ Technology. With Access+, residents and approved visitors can open the garage door from their smartphones. Property managers and condo boards can simplify management and improve control of the garage.

Don’t have our parking app yet? Get it now @ParqEx on the App Store and Google Play!

Watch our short video to see the beauty of the ParqEx app!

 

 

 

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