Easy Airport Parking offers safe haven to cars whose owners are bound for Indianapolis International Airport. Drivers silence engines in a valet lane and exchange keys or ignition-lodged screwdrivers for a claim check, relinquishing vehicles to employees who steer them into a standard or oversize spot. They then hop aboard a shuttle bus that drops off at terminals within 5 or 10 minutes. Since the buses run 24 hours a day, jet setters can call for a pickup as soon as they return, no matter the hour. The parking lot is also open all day and night, with security fences, cameras, and guards watching over roadsters and keeping patrons' personal chauffeurs from escaping. For an additional fee, cars can freshen up with a wash.
Airport Express Limousine’s elite fleet of town cars, limos, and Ford Excursion stretch limos cruises all across the Chicagoland area and beyond, from downtown to South Bend. Outfitted with classy leather seats, personal TVs, and fully stocked bars, each of Airport Express Limousine’s rides transforms mundane airport trips into highway parties more extravagant than when the Times Square ball dropped from an overpass. Though Airport Express encourages passengers to make appointments for airport pickups in advance, every terminal has a courtesy phone for last-minute rides.
As they step through the doors at McCormick Place, what do Chicago Auto Show visitors notice before anything else? Perhaps it?s the sheer size of the event, a sprawling one million square feet that makes it the nation?s largest auto show. Or, perhaps, it?s the show?s stars: hundreds of vehicles sparkling beneath the more than five miles of truss lighting that snakes along the ceiling.
In 1901, a similar scene unfolded during the first iteration of the Chicago Auto Show, albeit on a far smaller scale. There, a wooden indoor track looped around the exhibition hall, demonstrating for onlookers just how safe the new machines were to operate and pet adoringly. Today, though, at the show?s 106th installment, attendees can do a whole lot more than stand on the sidelines. They climb into simulators, cruise around indoor and outdoor tracks, and even bump along an indoor off-roading course, infusing the show?s once static displays with constant movement and an endless buzz.
Amidst all the pedal pressing, button pushing, and, of course, shopping, this year?s show takes attendees into the future with special exhibits, highlighted by a showcase of the newest Ford Mustang in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Guests can also explore how today?s rides connect with technology and personal devices, such as tablets and phones. Throughout the show, appearances from celebrities and star athletes keep cameras flashing at a steady pace, and prizes and giveaways provide show-goers and smart phone users with chances to go home with more than just autographs from their favorite cars.
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.
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.
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.