Car towed? Going out of town and wondering where to park? Trying to avoid construction traffic? Looking to see where to eat outdoors in your neighborhood? Wanting to find out where TV shows and movies are being filmed?
No worries. Chicago has an app (and website) for that.
In an ongoing attempt to "improve city services" and make more data available, Chicago has developed a series of civic applications by independent developers that should prove helpful to citizens and business:
Chicago Works allows residents to make service requests to 311 and track issues as they are addressed.
Finding your car is only a click away with Was My Car Towed. Just visit the site and look up your car by license plate, make, or model and find out if it has been towed and where it has been relocated.
Mind My Business, is the perfect app for small businesses providing the latest data on construction, traffic, 311, inspections, and more.
Sweep Around Us will let you know when your street will be swept so you can move your vehicle and avoid a costly ticket or tow. Just click to input your address and register for text or e-mail alerts for a reminder.
Mayor Emanuel explained saying, “The new data portal will help residents and visitors in ways big and small, like allowing them to discover outdoor restaurant options through better access to sidewalk café permits."
The recently redesigned model, developed in 2015, has already proven to be effective--increasing the efficiency of city health inspectors by 25 percent, and landing the city a Top 25 Bright Idea award from Harvard University for innovation in government.
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