iPhone App Helps Drivers Find Best Parking Prices
By Diana Novak
Don’t get us wrong.
Parking in Chicago is still going to gouge you, but maybe now you can get a little less gouged.
iPhone users searching for parking in Chicago, will definitely appreciate a new app that allows you to find parking from wherever you’re located.
The aptly named Chicago Parking App, the creation of Logan Square local Nick Capizzani, aims to help you find the absolute cheapest parking available in your vicinity, whether it is a meter, pay box, or parking structure. This also includes a list of all available Early Bird specials and a map of varying parking price zones.
“Me and my girlfriend always go to Chicago and have no idea where to park,” says Capizzani. “We always just park at the closest place and it turns out to be the most expensive.”
Frustration (a common theme amongst parkers) lead him to the idea for the app, which includes a parking timer to help you avoid meter overstay tickets, a voice memo system for recording where you parked, and turn-by-turn directions back to your car.
Capizzani has already sold over 2000 of his app, which was launched in the iTunes store in early March. Versions of the app are in the works for San Francisco, New York and San Diego.
Through his connections with parking garages, Capizzani is able to advertise his service in the garages in exchange for his advertising their parking garages. Alternately, he relies on reviews of his app and social media outlets like Twitter to get the word out.
He has recently teamed up with San Francisco-based ParkingCarma to expand to California and add real-time space availability in the garages to the existing Chicago app.
For more information, checkout the Chicago Parking App website.