Mayor Emanuel Announces High Download in Park Chicago

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that more than 20,000 drivers have downloaded ParkChicago, the City’s new pay-by-cell parking application, and Downtown rollout of the program is complete. The program is currently expanding into Lincoln Park and is on schedule for City-wide coverage by August 1st.

Each day, 600-700 drivers are setting up new accounts funded with a minimum of $20 and are processing 1,700 transactions, making parking at the city’s approximately 36,000 metered spaces easier and more convenient.

ParkChicago began expanding from its West Loop pilot area on May 6th and is now available at all metered parking spaces north of Roosevelt Road, south of North Avenue and West to Racine Avenue. The program will now expand to outlying neighborhoods on the far North, South and West sides.

The complete rollout involves replacing the approximately 42,000 street parking signs across the city with new versions bearing the ParkChicago logo, which alerts drivers to the service’s availability. Meter boxes will remain in place, providing drivers with multiple ways to pay for parking, including coins, credit and debit cards.

Drivers using the app no longer have to visit the meter boxes, place a receipt on their dashboard or hurry back when their meter is about to expire as users can add more time just with a few taps from their phone.

To use ParkChicago, drivers set up an account linked to a major credit or debit card by going to or through their mobile phone. The cost of parking sessions is deducted from an account pre-funded with at least $20. Accounts are automatically replenished when the balance drops below $10.

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