Every city needs a place for its citizens to relax amid greenery. New York is most famous for its sprawling Central Park. Chicago isn’t far behind, with Grant Park parking on the shore of Lake Michigan. The idea for a large, open park like its cousin in New York City has been in place since the 19th century. In both cases, these areas of greenery and tranquility had to be protected from developers and corruption by concerned citizens. In both cases, the parks have survived such that they are integral parts of their respective cities in the modern age. In order to understand how Grant Park is Chicago’s “Front Yard,” a little history is required.
The area that became Grant Park was first protected from development early in the history of Chicago. The area was first mentioned while planning the town of Chicago with the land east of Michigan Avenue specifically left vacant and unused. The land that now makes up Grant Park became a public park by order of the city in 1844, and was called Lake Park.
Over time, the city reclaimed land on the waterfront and incorporated this land into the park. While railroad tracks were run in what would eventually become Millennium Park, the vast majority of the park was protected. The current name took hold in 1901, the title in honor of Union General and eventual President Ulysses S. Grant.
Millenium Park was one of the most recent additions to Grant Park, opening to the public in 2004. The area was originally the site of a right-of-way owned by the Illinois Central Railroad. But after the city of Chicago purchased air rights over the train tracks 1997, work began on an impressive project. An underground parking garage was built over the tracks, with the park directly on top, creating a green roof.
In addition to Millenium Park, Grant Park is home to the Buckingham Fountain, the Lurie Garden, Daley Park and the Petrillo Music Shell. In addition, there are several public art exhibits and monuments, along with the Museum Campus buildings. Grant Park is also a venue for yearly events such as the Chicago Blues Festival, Lollapalooza and the Taste of Chicago. Finding a Grant Park parking spot is difficult in the busy Chicago Loop. If you use ParkWhiz, you can chill out at the park without being left out in the cold.
ParkWhiz allows any Grant Park visitor to book a parking spot before his event, and not worry about having to compete with thousands of others. All you need to do is find Grant Park on ParkWhiz, print your pass and bring it with you. After you present your ParkWhiz parking pass to a parking facility attendant, you can park and then enjoy your day by Chicago’s lakeshore!
ParkWhiz offers the ability to reserve the largest nationwide inventory of parking at the lowest prices. Whether it's online, in-app, or in-dash, an amazing parking space is never far away. Our easy-to-use platform and ultra-friendly team of parking professionals make getting where you need to go simpler than it's ever been.
ParkWhiz is the leading transactional platform that enables drivers, fleets and connected vehicles to find and book parking. The company offers the largest inventory of parking spaces for drivers to reserve before reaching their destinations, saving both time and money. Working with all major parking operators, it delivers transactional parking as a value-added service to major brands in sports and entertainment, travel, automotive and navigation. ParkWhiz has built partnerships with brands including Ford, Ticketmaster, Groupon, Madison Square Garden and others. The company operates two consumer-facing brands of its own—ParkWhiz and BestParking—available for Apple, Android and Amazon Alexa. ParkWhiz has parked over seven million vehicles and is operational in over 190 cities in North America and expanding rapidly.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What's the refund policy?
All parking passes are eligible for a no-questions-asked full refund prior to the start time on the pass.
To cancel, simply log in to your account on web or in the app, view your passes, and click "cancel".
You can also do this using the "cancel " link at the bottom of the pass itself.
Alternatively, just click the "cancel" link from your confirmation email.
Please keep in mind, once the arrival time has passed, all bookings are non-refundable.
Parking purchased on a partner website or as part of a parking package are non-refundable.
How do I apply a discount code?
If you received a promotional discount code from ParkWhiz, you'll want to be logged into your ParkWhiz account before applying the code on the checkout page. Make sure you’re using the same email address to log in as the one where you received that coupon!
Note that all discount codes will come from ParkWhiz directly. If you received your code from a third-party website, there's a significant chance it will not work. Unless specifically noted, discount codes cannot be used for monthly parking.
If you were issued ParkWhiz credit, the credit will automatically deduct from your total on the checkout page before your next purchase. Be sure you're logged in under the account to which the credit was issued before confirming that purchase, to see the credit applied.
How do I present my my pass on-site?
Easy peasy! As the vast majority of locations in our network accept a mobile pass, this means you can use your phone or other smart device to show proof of your prepaid purchase once you arrive at the parking facility. To be sure, verify the instructions on your pass to confirm the validation method. That section is titled "When You Arrive" in-app or "How To Park" if viewing on a desktop or mobile web.
For a seamless, no-printer-required experience, check out the ParkWhiz app! Thousands of space at your fingertips. Rest assured that if searching and booking on a mobile device, we won't show you any locations that require a printed pass! At least not until cars come equipped with printers!
If your location does not accept mobile passes, you'll need to print the pass before leaving the house.
Do I have in-and-out privileges?
In most instances, no. The majority of locations on ParkWhiz, including all those in New York City, do not allow re-entry.
If any specific parking facility does allow for you to come & go during the reserved timeframe, you'll see a "Reentry Allowed" amenity icon listed; this is shown in the details section both pre-purchase and post-purchase.
If you don't see anything on the listing page pertaining to specifically to reentry privileges, it's best to assume that you will not be allowed to come and go throughout the duration of your parking pass.
Are there any additional fees on site?
Generally, no. What you see online is what you pay as long as you park within the timeframe on your parking pass. Any time parked outside the arrival or departure listed on your pass will likely incur an additional onsite fee, as determined by the parking provider. ParkWhiz purchases include tax.
The only exception to the above pertains to oversize vehicle fees, which may apply to any vehicle larger than a sedan. Fee amounts vary between individual Parking Operators, and will be assessed on-site if you do not prepay for an oversize vehicle through our platform.
Although pricing structures are determined individually by the facility owner/operator, ParkWhiz prices tend to be cheaper than drive-up in most cases! If you ever feel the rate on ParkWhiz was more expensive than drive-up, take a photo of the price on-site and send us an email! We love deals as much as you do and are eager to ensure you're getting a fair rate.