The largest US parking facility is transforming into an innovation lab

Dive Brief:
Urban solutions accelerator City Tech Collaborative is helping to transform a 3.8 million-square-foot underground parking facility in Chicago, known as Millennium Garages, into the Millennium Gateway Innovation Lab.

The lab will be a “cross-sector consortium” to implement new tech solutions that will utilize parking facilities like Millennium Garages — the largest downtown public parking system in the United States — to address today’s pressing urban pain points like congestion and EV charging infrastructure.

City Tech, along with founding partners Millennium Garages, SP+ and Arrive, hope the initiative will help to re-envision how other parking facilities can be used to connect people with new transportation modes; charge electric vehicles (EVs); create freight and logistics opportunities; and more.