According to Wheel Fun Rentals’ website, they “were green before green was popular.” Founder Brian McInerney and his staff back up this claim by pairing renters with recreational modes of transportation that are safe for the environment. Visitors can rent a canopied surrey to navigate the trails near Foster Beach or a mountain bike to traverse Lake Michigan Mountain. Single- and double-kayaks allow one to glide over the water and take in the sweeping skyline to the south.
Fast Eddie's Car Wash and Detail Center shine technicians polish automobiles from headlight to taillight. Vehicular hygienists douse cloths with Earth Ready's eco-friendly products and thoroughly massage them over stained interiors, grimy exteriors, and grammatical errors on vanity plates.
For 50 years, Howard Orloff Imports has been a Chicago destination for high-end vehicles. Luxury Jaguars, Land Rovers, and Volvos flaunt their glossy finishes and untapped odometers from the showrooms, beckoning customers to settle into a plush driver’s seat. These new cars boast the latest in technology and aesthetic marvel, but a large inventory of pre-owned vehicles from BMW, Cadillac, Volkswagen, and more is also on display. Howard Orloff Imports also keeps cars running at their service center and body shop, where trained technicians install original manufacturers' parts. For service clients who need a lift, they offer shuttles to the North Side and downtown.
Grand Prix Car Wash transforms the dirtiest of sedans, SUVs, and convertibles into pristine and well-waxed chariots. Their speedy automated soft-cloth wash banishes the lingering traces of rain, road dirt, or rock salt, and can be complemented with à la carte detailing services such as Scotchgarding or clay-bar treatment. Many of Grand Prix's car-wash packages also carry 24-hour or five-day guarantees, allowing drivers to return for an exterior car wash and hand-dry if they should get caught in a storm or city-wide food fight after their visit.
Small plates of house made chips, beef sliders on Hawaiian buns, and grilled cheese with fig jam put an American spin on Spanish tradition. More than 200 wines––which can be sampled by the glass or flight––bring another level of richness to the gourmet, from-scratch fare.
As a young man in Calabria, Italy, Antonio Scalzo worked on Fiats and Alfa Romeos. After he moved to the U.S., he exercised his eye for detail and love of Italian autos as he and his family opened and operated a successful FIAT dealership in the Chicago suburbs. Following his success outside the city, he opened the brand-new FIAT of Chicago steps west of the Loop, taking pride in being the city's first FIAT dealership. There, Antonio and his staff welcome visitors into a showroom filled with shiny testaments to Italian craftsmanship. Cars such as the FIAT 500 series in both sport and lounge models, a playful vehicle that exudes an elegant, chic, European sensibility. Curious motorists get behind the wheel of their favorite speed machine during test drives and can take in their precious four-wheeled friends for regular maintenance, flashy upgrades, or booster shots at the service center.