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Groupon Users Can Now Book a Parking Spot with ParkWhiz

Chicago-based tech companies Groupon and ParkWhiz have partnered up to make redeeming a Groupon and finding a place to park while you do it much simpler.

The Groupon app now allows users to find and pay for a ParkWhiz parking spot, a move that shows how Groupon is positioning itself to be a platform that serves “just about any local need.” The companies began piloting the new offering late last year, according to a statement.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to explore the amazing local businesses in their communities,” said Jennifer Carr-Smith, senior vice president of North American Local at Groupon, in a statement.

Founded in 2006, ParkWhiz provides on-demand parking services and has thousands of locations across the country. They have more than $36 million in venture capital funding, according to Crunchbase.

“We believe that parking isn’t the final destination—it’s a bridge to the experiences people are most excited about,” said ParkWhiz CTO Jeff Judge in a statement. “We’re streamlining the process of buying on mobile so Groupon customers can handle their parking needs at the same time as they are saving on experiences in their city.”

Originally featured in Chicago Inno.