Archive for May, 2008

I-GO to Pivot

May 21, 2008

While working at I-GO Car Sharing I have had the pleasure of meeting a lot of our members- and let me tell you, we’ve got some interesting, involved and inspiring members! So, I have decided to interview a different I-GO member each month and post what I learn here, for all to enjoy.

Last week I interviewed I-GO member Jessa Brinkmeyer. Jessa started, runs and owns Pivot, Chicago’s 1st boutique devoted to eco-fashion. Last week we chatted by phone about her life at Pivot and how I-GO Car Sharing helps her get everything done.

When I asked Jessa why she opened Pivot and what she wanted to accomplish through the eco-boutique, she spoke of her desire to show people that they can have more conscious wardrobes without sacrificing fashion, style, personal taste or comfort.

Before opening Pivot, Jessa worked as a journalist at a small magazine in Chicago. She was primarily responsible for covering the fashion industry and soon became fascinated with the fast-growing, eco-friendly segment of the industry. Jessa wanted not only to wear the eco-friendly fabrics and support the sustainable designers herself, but also to spread the word. She was disappointed when she was unable to find anything like this in Chicago. After visiting eco-boutiques in New York City, Jessa realized that the best way to promote her passion was not through her writing but by opening the first ever eco-boutique in Chicago.

These days it seems like everyone is “going green” and it can be hard to tell who not only talks the talk but also walks the walk. Pivot definitely walks the green walk! All of the designers use sustainable and organic materials and low impact, eco-friendly dyes. All of Pivot’s fixtures were designed and built by local artist, Joshua Height, out of recycled materials. Indoor air quality at Pivot is improved by using zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint and they also use CFL lightbulbs. In an effort to give back to the Chicago community, Pivot donates 1% of its profits to Growing Home, a local organization that provides job training and employment opportunities within the context of a non-profit organic agriculture business.

Jessa’s environmental awareness was also what led her to car sharing in Chicago. She specifically likes I-GO Car Sharing because we’re a non-profit and use only hybrids and low-emission vehicles. Jessa uses I-GO to take her recycling to a sorting center and to take old light bulbs and batteries to a hazardous waste center. She also uses I-GO for grocery trips and for checking out urban farm sites and events for Growing Home. Jessa sees I-GO as a great way to get things done a little more efficiently without having the burden of car ownership or contributing to the greenhouse gas problem.

To learn more about Pivot, check out their website, or swing by the store. Pivot is located at 1101 W Fulton Market.

Expanding Car Sharing in Chicago

May 15, 2008

We’re adding new cars to 2 new locations this week at I-GO Car Sharing! The 2 new I-GO cars will be put into the Lakeview/Uptown and Lincoln Park neighborhoods.

Lakeview/Uptown Car Sharing: 655 W. Irving Park (2008 blue Honda Civic). New car, new location.

Are these new locations convenient for you? If not, where else should we be adding cars and expanding the reach of car sharing in Chicago? Post below and let us know!

YouTube, I-GO

May 9, 2008

Check out I-GO’s newest YouTube clip to get an idea of where I-GO is now and where we are hoping to go…

I-GO Street Team

May 8, 2008

I-GO is look for 2-3 people to join the I-GO Street Team. Street Team members will attend summer festivals and other I-GO events, flyer bus and train stations during rush hour and participate in other outreach related activities. We are looking for people who are outgoing and able to work 20-25 hours per week (the times will vary, so a flexible schedule is desired). If interested, send your resume to Sheena, I-GO’s Outreach Coordinator, at

Beep, Beep! We’ve got 10 new cars rolling your way…

May 7, 2008

We will be adding 10 new cars before the end of May. The locations (some new, some old) are as follows:

-3053 W Montrose (New Location; adding 2 cars)

-655 W Irving Park (New Location; 2 cars)

-420 W Fullerton (New Location; 1 car)

-2036 N Clark (1 car)

-821 Davis (1 car)

-2021 W Chicago (1 car)

-1355 N Dearborn (1 car)

The 10th car will either be added to our 17 W Hubbard location or our 1120 N LaSalle location. Do you have a preference on which of those two locations we chose? If not, what do you think of our other locations? Post your comments!

Stay tuned to Motormouth for the exact dates these new cars will be going in…

Green Fest

May 6, 2008

Green Fest is taking place May 17th and 18th at Navy Pier and I-GO is proud to be attending for the 2nd year in a row! Come check out the I-GO booth and receive sign-up promo codes, play games, meet the I-GO staff and learn more about Chicago’s only non-profit car sharing organization. We’ll be there from 10 am to 8 pm Saturday and 11 am to 6 pm Sunday.

The Green Fest showcases 350 + local and national green businesses and more than 150 speakers presenting panel discussions, presentations and main stage speaking events. Find eco-friendly, fair trade and sustainable products. Green Fest also features great how-to workshops, green films, a yoga and movement classes, kids’ zone, delicious organic beer, wine and cuisine and live music.

So head on down to Navy Pier May 17-18th and check out the Green Fest!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

May 2, 2008

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year with a great meal from one of I-GO’s Chi Town Rewards Business Partners!

El Cid 2 is a brand spanking new Chi Town Rewards Business Member. They’re located at 2645 N. Kedzie in Logan Square. El Cid 2 is famous for their fish tacos but all of their food is good (if not great) and their prices are equally as good! The fabulous food, friendly service and cute patio make El Cid 2 the perfect place for some Cinco de Mayo fun- and the best part is they offer I-GO members a 10% discount when they show their I-GO card.

Maiz Restaurant is another great Chi Town Rewards Business Member! Maiz offers authentic Mexican dishes that are easy on the wallet and hard to find elsewhere. However, keep in mind that it’s cash only so don’t forget to stop by the ATM on your way. Maiz is located in Humboldt Park at 1041 N. California and offers I-GO members 15% off their final bill.

Does anyone know of any other great Mexican restaurants in the city?