Archive for July, 2008

Lincoln Square Garden Walk

July 31, 2008

Join I-GO Car Sharing at the Lincoln Square Garden Walk this Saturday, August 2nd. I-GO will be participating in the Green Fair portion of the walk, which will be held at Giddings Plaza on Lincoln Ave. The Green Fair includes info on composting, recycling, natural gardening treatments, tree health, neighborhood space, green building materials and environmentally-oriented organizations. In cooperation with the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce and Alderman Schulter, the Green Fair helps to highlight all the city is doing to beautify and protect the environment. I-GO will be at the event from 10 am to 5:30 pm Saturday, August 2nd.

Blog Love

July 30, 2008

Greenwerks- Chicago’s Green Contractor- is not only a participating Chi Town Rewards business but is also spreading the I-GO love on their blog, click here to check out a recent Greenwerks post on I-GO Car Sharing.

I-GO Adds 5 New Cars

July 30, 2008

We’ve recently put in 5 new I-GO cars:

3053 W Montrose (Albany Park) Car #4591; 2009 Scion xB (silver)

5240 N Sheridan (Edgewater) Car #4592; 2009 Scion xB (purple)

2500 N Milwaukee (Logan Square) Car #4594; 2009 Scion xB (grey)

655 W Irving Park (Lakeview) Car #4595; Toyota Matrix (gold)

900 S Clark (South Loop) Car #4596; Toyota Matrix (black)

Do any of these new locations make life any easier for you? If not, where else would an I-GO car be helpful to you?

I-GO All Over the City

July 25, 2008

I-GO Car Sharing will have booths at two Chicago festivals this weekend- Wicker Park Fest and Taste of Lincoln. Stop by the I-GO booth at either festival to get discounted I-GO memberships, information on car sharing, free I-GO tee-shirts & buttons, and enter to win a free I-GO membership!

Wicker Park Fest is a free, 2 day event at the six-way intersection of Damen, North and Milwaukee. This year’s Wicker Park fest features performances by Bassnectar; Prefuse 73; Bob Schneider; Charlie Hunter Trio; Future Rock; Daedelus; Nomo; Dub Trio; Van Ghost; Skybox; Company of Thieves; Algernon; and Dark Party featuring Elio Lipp & Leo123.

The Taste of Lincoln is also this weekend; located on Lincoln Ave between Fullerton and Wrightwood, the event includes food vendors, crafts for sale, 5 stages and a Kids’ Carnival Area. Performers at this year’s Taste of Lincoln include Trippin’ Billies; Big Sky String; Radiators; JJ Grey & Mofro; Big Ray and Chicago’s Most Wanted; The Lee Boys; Vanessa Davis Band.

Logan Square Named 3rd Most Fuel Efficient Neighborhood

July 25, 2008

Forbes recently published an article listing the 10 most fuel efficient neighborhoods in the United States. Chicago’s own Logan Square came in 3rd in the nation! Brooklyn Heights (New York; $643/month) took top honors, followed by Koreatown (Los Angles; $658/month). Logan Square finished 3rd with the average Logan Square resident spending $742 per month on transportation costs. Sounds high, doesn’t it? It’s a good reminder of just how expensive owning a car really is! Arlington, VA (Washington D.C.) came in just behind Logan Square; in Arlington the average being spent on transportation costs is $747/month.

I-GO Member Drive Tonight

July 24, 2008

I-GO Car Sharing is holding a member drive tonight at 5210 S Woodlawn (where we recently put in a new 2008 Toyota Prius) from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. I-GO staff will be on hand to answer questions and give out I-GO materials. There will also be promotions for $50 off the normal $75 sign-up cost. And to really put the icing on the cake- there will be wine and cheese served as well! So be sure to swing by and say “Hello”…

Car Sharing Spreads to Buffalo, NY

July 24, 2008

Car sharing continues to grow along with rising gas prices. Buffalo, New York is the newest U.S. city to jump on the car sharing band wagon. Click here to check out an article on car sharing in Buffalo written by Creighton Randall, Board Member of Green Options Buffalo.

Chi Town Rewards Program

July 23, 2008

It has come to my attention that many of our members don’t even know about a great rewards program that I-GO offers. So I’m here to spread the word! If you’re an I-GO Car Sharing member and don’t know what I’m talking about when I mention the Chi Town Rewards program- listen up!

Chi Town Rewards is a member benefit program that I-GO offers to our members. This program entitles all I-GO members to rewards at participating businesses. It simple, if you shop at a Chi Town Rewards business, just show them your Smartcard to receive your special discount! Click here for a full list of all of our Chi Town Rewards partners.

Recently added Chi Town Rewards businesses include:

(877) 4-G-WERKS
OFFER: 10% off any construction, remodeling, painting project

Katherine Anne Confections
OFFER: 20% off any purchase

929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080
OFFER: 2-for-1 tickets Thursdays at 8 pm and Fridays at 8 pm and 10 pm

Pivot Boutique
1101 W. Fulton Market, 312-243-4754
OFFER: 10% off total purchase

The Common Cup
1501 W. Morse Ave, 773-338-0256
OFFER: 10% off your purchase

The Green Maid, Inc.
OFFER: 10% off first cleaning

5624 N. Broadway at Bryn Mawr
OFFER: 15% off
Genuine, thin crust Italian pizza and love for local art in Chicago

There are a ton of other Chi Town Rewards businesses, so make sure to check out the full list!

I-GO Audio Emissions CD

July 22, 2008

As I mentioned in a previous post, I-GO Car Sharing is releasing it’s 2nd Annual Audio Emissions CD this month. One of the talented bands to make the cut was Cobalt & the Hired Guns. This band not only talks the green talk, but actually walks the green walk. To check out a recent Chicago Sun Times article on the band and their eco-efforts, click here.

I-GO Car Sharing Partners with CTA

July 22, 2008

Last week the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) approved adding 45 parking spaces along various El lines for car sharing vehicles. I-GO was chosen for 34 of the 45 CTA spaces– great news, eh?!

“It has been extremely convenient for our users,” I-GO Chief Executive Sharon Feigon says. “We basically see ourselves as an extension of the transit system. We exist to reduce congestion and pollution while at the same time getting people where they need to go.” The new CTA spaces will be added between September and June of 2009 and will be located under the El along the Blue, Brown, Green and Red Lines. Stay tuned to Motormouth for updates on specific locations…