“There’s nothing worse than spending your precious time finding a parking spot only to fork over a small fortune to park your car for a few hours. Not only can searching for parking be stressful, but paying for parking can be a big strain on your wallet as well,” said Jon Kou in his recent article for NerdWallet on the worst cities to park your car.
We couldn’t agree more. According to the rankings of the worst cities to park your car, Chicagoans know the pains of parking better than any other major city dweller. The two factors that make Chicago the worst are:
Super high prices
Of course, there is an unmentioned third we’re all well aware of: availability, or simply the difficulty of finding the perfect place to park.
The Price of Parking
Let’s look at the landscape of the downtown Chicago parking market:
In the Loop you’ll pay the meter $6.50 per hour to park on the street, with a time limit of two hours in most areas. $13 for 2 hours of parking on an unsecured street means you could easily drop $35 a day, or $289 a month, and you never know what you’re going to get – or come back to.
The average cost for parking in the Loop on ParkWhiz is $12.32 between the peak parking hours of 6 and 9 p.m. However, on ParkWhiz there are some daily options starting as low as $6, or even as low as $3 a day if you’re booking on a monthly basis. But, there are many more advantages to booking a spot in advance than saving a few dollars.
First, let’s talk options. Because, c’mon, who doesn’t like to have them? ParkWhiz provides the opportunity for you to compare prices and see real-time availability, which can lead you to discover prime options you may have never known existed just a block further away from where you need to be, at a fraction of the price of your normal place of parking. Once you book a spot – it’s yours. We guarantee that your spot will be waiting for your arrival, so you never have to worry about being able to get a spot when, and where you need it again.
Second, let’s talk flexibility and control. Meters give you restrictions; sure you can set your own time once you find a spot, but the max amount of time you can leave your car parked at a meter in Chicago is 3 hours: less than half the time you’d need it for a full day’s work, and double the cost of ParkWhiz’s daily average. The ability to set your own parking arrival and departure time is one of ParkWhiz’s most attractive features to folks used to parking on the street. When using our service, you’re only limited to what you provide yourself. Parking is 100% is in your control – if you’re using our app, you could literally say you hold the solution to Chicago’s parking problem in your hands. So unless you enjoy the exercise you get from running back and forth to feed the meter, there’s really no reason to park on the street anymore.
…Here’s another reason why: Grand Theft Auto
NerdWallet’s report stated that Chicago has 33.4% more vehicle thefts per capita than the national average. The most susceptible area for theft, of course, is on the street. The majority of ParkWhiz locations in Chicago are indoor, attended, and completely secure garages; where your car is not only out of the elements, but being watched over the entire time you’re away from it; ensuring that you’ll be the only one leaving with your vehicle. Even our affiliated outdoor lot’s are gated, and attended. Allowing us to proudly say, in the 7 years we’ve been a company, we’ve parked hundreds of thousands of cars, and never once experienced an issue with theft. Case closed.
Another element that makes ParkWhiz the smartest way to park your car, is the team of world class support reps that will always have your back if something should ever go wrong. We won’t issue you citations, and make you pay them within a week; we won’t tell you when you can and can’t park, and we won’t let anyone else do that either. We’re always here for you, and we’re everywhere you need to be.
In fact, among the 10 cities that were named the worst places to park your car, ParkWhiz is in 8 – making them the best.