Ready your ride for the impending holiday road trips and holiday demolition derbies with today’s Groupon: $20 gets you a conventional oil change at Midwest Performance Cars (a $50 value). Your Groupon includes five quarts of Castrol conventional oil (you pay the difference for more than five quarts). Suddenly, and without warning, the unforeseen occurred. Doug’s car began making a sputtering noise. The smoke coming from his exhaust was no longer a beautiful, ashen tabby-gray, but a thick plume of black-cat black—the color of bad luck. He mashed the brake and thrust the car into stoppage gear, lurching to the pit-stop pit like a three-legged alligator.
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.
Global Exotic Car Rental facilitates the experience of zooming through Chicago’s sights whilst regally ensconced in the luxurious panoply of an exotic sports car or SUV. Great for a business trip, birthday gift, or a foolproof scheme to impersonate a best friend's wealthy father, drivers garner 24 hours behind the wheel of a Porsche Boxster, a Chevrolet Corvette, or a Cadillac Escalade. Motorists are free to coast down the Magnificent Mile, wolf whistling at installation art, or even—with permission from Global Exotic Car Rental of Chicago—to leave Illinois for zany forays into neighboring Roman city-states. Vehicles can be delivered free of charge within a five-mile radius of Global Exotic Car Rental of Chicago or, for a delivery fee, anywhere in the Chicagoland area. You can also use this Groupon toward a vehicle upgrade by paying the remaining price difference.
Olsen Concierge Services' professional team eases day-to-day stress with myriad home- and life-organization services. To prepare for holiday guests, patrons can solicit a personal assistant for help cleaning, pillow-fort building, or ribbon shopping. Olsen’s dynamos easily dwindle overstuffed errand lists and take the stress out of unforeseen business trips with house-sitting and pet-care services. Customers can even lasso three hours of assistance in planning a special event, be it a wedding, divorce luau, or surprise birthday party for the concierge.
Hertz Rent-a-Car is one of the largest general use rental companies in the world, aiming to provide customer-focused, cost-effective service. Their 90-plus years of experience—a good 20 years before cars had even been invented—gives renters the confident feeling of borrowing a car from a friend without concerns about misplacing said friend's dashboard hula girl. Choose from a wide range of vehicles perfectly suited for a family vacation or simply to give a snazzy new look to grocery store runs. The eco-conscious will appreciate the thoughtful options on display in the green collection, while the ego-conscious may prefer to browse the Prestige Collection's enviable envoy. One-day rentals start at less than $30. No matter what the model, Hertz's convenient pick-up and drop-off services offer peace of mind for weary travelers or clinical car-hoppers (available from Local Edition locations).
Nevada Ballet Theatre will launch its 39th season on October 15 with its Fall Series tribute to the late Robert Joffrey. This unprecedented performance will feature the combined dance powers of four of the nation's leading companies: Ballet West, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and the Nevada Ballet Theatre. NBT dancers will kick off the evening with fluid, impressionistic movements that passionately recall the beauty of Degas paintings without subjecting the audience to overly talkative art historians with turpentine breath. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will take the stage to perform the pas de deux from Gnawa, followed by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's rendition of Jorma Elo's Red Sweet, a hyperkinetic blend of robotics and pirouettes. Danceophiles can also wiggle their feet fingers in anticipation of a special preview performance of Jiri Kylian's joyous Sinfonietta, danced by Ballet West.