Certain areas of Chicago will have free parking on Sundays as a result of a new settlement between the city and Chicago Parking Meters LLC, the company that oversees Chicago’s parking meters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Chicago to dip its toes into “cleanweb,” where public data is used to create web applications for mobile devices that will help Chicagoans save energy.
Emanuel announced Tuesday that, starting this weekend, the city of Chicago will over the next year hold a series of “hackathons,” two-day sessions where people will compete to make applications out of city data on the energy efficiency of buildings.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes a new city-sponsored business center will lure young biotech companies downtown.
The center will serve as a space for startup companies in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries to set up shop and network with Chicago’s established medical community.
The project will be Chicago’s second recent jaunt into business incubation; last year, the city helped launch 1871, a tech company startup space located in Merchandise Mart.