iParkit: Chicago Holiday Parking Tips

The holiday season in Chicago is upon us once again! The city shimmers with bright lights and the bustling shoppers come out as everyone ramps up to celebrate the festive time of year.

No matter what your plans are, we saved your spot.

Here are a few parking tips to make sure you’re prepared for the biggest Chicago holiday events:

1. Reserve Your Parking Online

For any major event in the city, it’s always best to reserve a parking spot ahead of time. This way you have guaranteed access to the garage, regardless of how busy traffic is the day of. Not to mention, you have unlimited in & out privileges during your reservation time. We’ve created specific pages for you to reserve your holiday event parking:

Christkindlmarket 

Dates: 11/16 – 12/24

This outdoor market is a treasured Chicago holiday tradition for locals and visitors worldwide. Visit this winter spectacle to warm up with a soft pretzel, hot cocoa, and the famous gluhwein. Perfect for crowds of all ages, the market gets particularly packed on the weekends. So consider stopping by on a weeknight to take it all in!

Click the image below to reserve today
christk
*Enter promo CHRISTKIND18 at checkout for $18 parking for any 12-hr period*

105th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Date: 11/16

Get your spot underneath the towering spruce in Millennium Park before the switch is flipped! Enjoy music, a visit from the Mayor, and commentary from Hamilton’s very own Miguel Cervantes. Reserve your parking at Wabash-Randolph Self-Park or Adams & Wabash Self-Park  and be a quick stroll from Chicago’s Christmas kickoff!

Click the image below to reserve today

treelighting

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Dates: 11/16 – 11/17

The 27th annual Lights Festival invites all walks of life to two days of free, family-friendly activities! Saturday’s televised parade ends in grand  fashion with a spectacular fireworks display along the river: certainly a sight you don’t want to miss! Reserve a space at any of our 4 closest garages and find yourself right where you need to be.

Click the image below to reserve today

maglights

2. Plan to Arrive Early

If you plan on visiting hot spots like Millennium Park or the Magnificent Mile, be sure to arrive as early as possible. With the mass amount of drivers, many who are unfamiliar with driving in the city, there are sure to be traffic jams closer to the event starting.

Try your best to reserve a space an hour or so before you normally would just to be on the safe side!

3. Extend Your Reservation

Realize that you need to stay a little bit longer? That’s no problem at all! With every iParkit reservation, you have the option to edit and extend your reservation.

  • In the main menu tap on “RECEIPTS”
  • Tap on the reservation you would like to edit
  • Scroll down to “EDIT RESERVATION”
  • Change the end time on your reservation
  • Make your changes to the time and or date
  • Your new rate will display before you proceed to extend your reservation, so you’re well aware of what the additional charge will be.
  • Tap “CONFIRM CHANGE”
  • This will update your current reservation to reflect the new end time.

If your reservation hasn’t started yet, you can still extend it ahead of time. If you do so, a new reservation and barcode will be created.

 

iParkit. We Saved Your Spot.

iParkit Express makes your work day a little less work

You’re constantly on-the-go, especially during the busy work week. You don’t have time to wait in line at a pay station. Even making a reservation online can be too much.

Reservations can be cumbersome. You’re not always going to get to the garage on time and sometimes you might need to leave a little later. That’s just life.

With iParkit Express, you’ll never have to worry about any sort of parking prep. With a one-time program code, you can enjoy transparent pricing custom for your company or organization.

How to Get an iParkit Express Account

  1. Check with your employer to see if your company has a program. If you don’t, let them know!
  2. Register with your company or school email , create a password, and enter your credit card info.
  3. Enter your company’s program code under MY PARKING PROGRAM. Then click save & update to make sure your program loads.
  4. Activate your program pass and you’re all set.
  5. Tap your barcode when you get to your garage, lift your phone to the red scanner, and watch that gate lift!

 

iParkit Express Amenities

  • No need to make a reservation – just scan in & out.
  • Paperless receipts stored in the app & sent to your email. You can also add receipts to your Apple Wallet.
  • Fees are charged automatically upon exit.
  • No more visits to the parking office!
  • You receive the Express rates at other garages as well. Just navigate to the map of surrounding locations and see what the Express rate is.

 

With Express, your bar code will always stay live too, so you don’t need to log in & out of your account. You’ll have easy one-click access right when you open the app.

Coming soon … Express for personal use. You’ll receive your own unique program code tied to a personal email, giving you Express rates 24/7.

For more helpful user tips and detailed instructions, check out our iParkit Express info page.

iParkit. We saved your spot.