Archive for August, 2008

I-GO Car Sharing’s September Events Around Chicago

August 29, 2008

Can you believe Labor Day weekend is already upon us? While I’m sad to see summer start to fade, we’ve got a bunch of great events going on in Chicago this September that I-GO is going to be a part of. So come on by and join us or- better yet- lend a hand and be an I-GO volunteer at one of the events and earn free driving credits! If you’re interested in volunteering, please email Sheena, our Outreach Coordinator, at sheena@igocars.org

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Whole Foods Market Eco-Fair
September 6; 1-4pm
1111 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL
Join I-GO along with other sustainable organizations like Greener Cleaners, Twist Sponges and more to show Chicago how to green up!

Magellan Rewards “At Your Service” Festival
September 6; 11am-2pm
The Park at Lakeshore East
Magellan Development will showcase partner organizations

Boulevard Lakefront Tour
September 7; 1am-5pm
59th & Woodlawn
Choose from 15, 35, or 62 mile routes through the City’s parks, boulevards and neighborhoods. After the ride, cool down with live entertainment and a picnic lunch by Goose Island- with Goose Island beer and soda as well!

Sustainable Living Roadshow
September 12; 10am-6pm
UIC Campus
I-GO fits right in this eco-carnival, with experimental learning villages, workshops, speakers and entertainment

Edgewater GRalley Festival
September 13; 12-6pm
Corner of Glenwood & Granville
Event will feature 18 bands and a Battle of BBQs staffed by Chicago’s top culinary schools and restaurants competing in dueling pig roasts

Q101 Block Party
September 13-14; noon-6pm
3320 N Campbell
Lots and lots of bands!

DePaul University Involvement Fair
September 14; 1-5pm
2250 N Sheffield

University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Fair
September 15; 4:30-6pm
5807 S Woodlawn

Estrojam
September 23-27
I-GO Car Sharing is co-sponsoring Estrojam this year! Events will be held all over the city and proceeds will help fight human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assult

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Hertz Enters Car Sharing Market

August 21, 2008

The car rental giant Hertz has just announced that they will be entering the car sharing market later this year. Rich Broome, Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communications, didn’t reveal many details but did confirm that Hertz would start the program in only a handful of major U.S. cities (I’m assuming that includes Chicago). U-Haul and Enterprise have also been testing out the hourly car rental market. Only time will tell if these car rental giants will become true competitors with the various independent car sharing organizations within the U.S

Car Sharing Grows in Vermont

August 21, 2008


Car sharing continues to spread through the country and is about to take hold in Vermont. CarShare Vermont recently launched their new website and will begin operations this September.

Similar to I-GO Car Sharing, CarShare Vermont will be a locally-run, non-for-profit car sharing organization (CSO). They plan to launch next month with 6 Burlington pod locations (see below map).

Zipcar is Raising Prices

August 20, 2008

Zipcar is raising prices across the country– Chicago included! I’ve been working at I-GO since last September, in that time I’ve realized that there are a fair number of I-GO members who are also Zipcar members. So anybody with such dual membership will want to check out the Zipcar price increases.

I-GO + CTA = BFF

August 20, 2008

The CTA Tattler recently reported on the growing partnership between I-GO Car Sharing and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Recently, I also wrote a Motormouth post on the future of I-GO’s partnership with the CTA. Click here to check out the CTA Tattler posting.

Replacement I-GO Cars

August 18, 2008

We’ve got some brand new cars in old locations. We’ve recently replaced 3 I-GO cars with newer cars; the locations with brand new cars are as follows:

-Car #4423 at 540 W Madison now has a new 2008 Honda Civic

-Car #4436 at 4753 N Broadway now has a new 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid

-Car #4454 at 5020 S Lake Shore Dr now was a new 2008 Honda Civic

Happy Driving!