Phil's well-dressed drivers ferry passengers throughout Chicago and its suburbs in a fleet of attractively black luxury vehicles. Since 2006, these chauffeurs have transported travelers to O'Hare and Midway in Lincoln Town Cars built with an extra 6 inches of space that allows riders to stretch their legs and unfurl their extra legs. They also convey groups of up to 10 in stretch limousines from club to club, or to events such as prom, while passengers watch DVDs in a softly lit cabin. With vans and Cadillac Escalades seating up to 7 and 12, respectively, they give groups a variety of means for commuting to meetings and special occasions.
Stationed right by O'Hare, PreFlight Airport Parking allows travelers to stow their rides for long or short durations. Three levels of parking are available, from rooftop spots to premium, covered parking on the first floor of the garage, as well as second and third level covered-parking. The facility is open 24 hours a day and includes other amenities such as free tire inflation and battery jumping, as well as charging stations for electric cars, the preferred mode of travel for Thomas Edison impersonators.
Parking the car is just one of the many hoops one has to jump through when traveling by air. While First Choice O'Hare Airport Parking can't help with waiting in security lines or convincing ticketing agents to let grandpa fly on your lap for free, it can lessen the annoyance of finding a suitable parking space while you are away. The indoor/outdoor lot is scarcely a block from the airport itself, and helps travelers get themselves to the curb on time with shuttles that run 24 hours a day.
City Cycle Chicago Inc's staff members combine the duties of instructors with the gung-ho nature of enthusiasts; it's their stated goal to spread motorcycle awareness, safety, and love throughout the City of Chicago. They even help riders earn their licenses, going so far as to show up with a vehicle on the day of the DMV test to provide coaching and support. But renting out their fleet of scooters for recreational riding is what gets their operation the most kudos. They tout the rentals as the "best way to see the Windy City," a claim they live up to by delivering the scooter to your front door and by noting that it's easy to park one just about anywhere, such as between two cars or right inside the mayor's office.
The charming chauffeurs at American Coach Limousine direct well-appointed chariots to transport travelers from the airport to business conferences, from prom to the after-party, and anywhere in between. Whether you’re alone and seeking a solitary cruise or an agent for clowns that misplaced their funny car, the fleet harbors sedans, stretch limos, mini buses, motor coaches, and vans. Frequent fliers can enlist friendly airport service ($30+ from O'Hare or Midway to downtown Chicago). Meanwhile, the 18-passenger mini bus holds a DVD player and stereo system within ($110 an hour; three-hour minimum), perfect for dance-party peace pacts between rival baseball teams. Packages abound for weddings, proms, and concert events, ensuring merry migrants safe passage for renewing nuptials or celebrating the stage adaptation of Wayne's World. Voyagers with varied destinations veer toward hourly rates to find a vehicle that fits their needs and itinerary.
The Chicago branch of Gray Line's global sightseeing operation organizes a wide variety of tours and excursions throughout the Windy City, from architectural tours that send passengers coasting on the river and lake for sun-drenched educational cruises to shopping odysseys at Chicago Premium Outlets, where travelers can zip through more than 100 stores and restaurants after being shuttled to the retail utopia. Blues outings treat music lovers to raw licks, soul food, and real tears at celebrated concert venues such as Buddy Guy's Legends and Rosa's Lounge.
Gray Line's cherry-red trolleys transport visitors and residents alike to famous Chicago sites. Just north of the river, the vehicles idle before the Wrigley Building's sparkling white terra cotta façade, which in the 1920s stood as the first major skyscraper outside of The Loop. From there, the trolley may motor north to the John Hancock Center, where elevators to its observatory sweep guests 96 floors in 39 seconds. The trolley could also steer south to the Willis Tower, which lost its maiden name of Sears after being charmed by a passing cumulus cloud.