Green and red lights above each parking spot signal where the open spots are.
Every parking lot in the U.S. should have this feature.
The area around Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, specifically, a suburb called Rosemont, is a hot new entertainment district — something you should keep in mind if you find yourself stuck at O’Hare one snowy night. You can read all about Rosemont’s offerings here.
But what I want to tell you about is the parking lot.
Find open parking spaces at Rosemont, Illinois’ new Fashion Outlets of Chicago mall.
So rather than drive up and down long rows of parking spaces, hoping to find an open spot, you just gaze down the rows and look at the lights.
Genius, right? Honestly, I was so thrilled by this simple technology, I kept repeating “I love this!” to my friend in the passenger seat. And because of it, we found a spot quickly, and close to the mall entrance.
Not only could I easily see if there was a parking spot available in the row I was near, I could glance at the rows a few rows in front of me to see if there was a closer one. I want to shop there again just because the parking lot was so convenient (and free for the first 2 hours — something that’s rare in pricey Rosemont).
For me, a big deterrent to visiting places like giant shopping malls, theme parks, or other mega attractions is the daunting parking situation. Not in Rosemont’s mall parking lot.
Now, if only local malls could install this before Christmas.
Jamie Bartosch is an award-winning newspaper reporter in suburban Chicago. She loves to travel, and blogs for TravelingMom.com from the viewpoint of a "typical suburban mom." Her goal is to provide honest, useful information to help families save time, money, and make the most of their family vacation. A married mother of two, Jamie grew up in the Chicago suburbs, lived in the city for 16 years, and is now back in the suburbs raising her two kids. Learn more about her at www.JamieBartosch.com