There are treasures beyond belief under the waves. All across the Midwest, lakes large and small contain pieces of history, from a moss-coated dump truck at the bottom of Haigh Quarry to the schooner Thomas Hume, which has been a home to the fish of Lake Michigan since 1891. With favorite wet spots from Missouri to Minnesota, the teachers at Chicagoland Scuba are privy to it all. Whether offering first-time divers certification classes, leading diving trips, or learning how fish like to be hugged, exploring the underwater life is second nature to these pros—something they hope rubs off on their students, too.
Cruising through all of the Chicagoland area, Executive Chauffeuring's fleet of luxurious rides takes passengers to their destinations in a fashionably punctual manner. Stretch out and relax in an eight-passenger limo ($110/hour), a Lincoln Town Car sedan ($55), a leather-seated luxury Ford Expedition SUV ($70), or an 11-seat custom-made Mercedes-Benz van ($90). Executive Chauffeuring's neatly groomed chauffeurs are trained to drive safely, exhibit special courtesy, and use magnetic manipulation to maneuver through traffic jams. Executive Chauffeuring keeps diligent tabs on all vehicles and drivers, ensuring that safety remains a top priority, just above reading picture books to street children. For school dances, bridal events, airport trips, and court dates, Executive Chauffeuring proudly assists anyone in need of a lift. Call ahead to schedule a stretched-out ride.
The professionally trained drivers at A1 American Limousine chauffer passengers in a fleet of fancy carriages, easing airport transit or spicing up special events. Luxury sedans whisk travelers to O'Hare or Midway from downtown ($65 to/from either airport) and suburban destinations, such as Oak Forest ($70 to/from either airport), Park Ridge ($40 to/from O'Hare; $60 to/from Midway), and Deerfield ($45 to/from O'Hare; $70 to/from Midway). To sooth stresses after long flights, clients can opt for shuttle service from either airport to a destination of their choosing. When patrons touchdown, car conductors will be waiting in terminals with signs showcasing the passenger's name and a sketch of what the driver imagines the customer to look like. Once the sign attracts the proper person, the chauffer will carry the client's cargo to the car, and motor off to the specified destination. Even though the prices listed are base prices, customers should call ahead for personalized rates.
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.
ChiTown PartyBus’s four tiers of party transportation envelop guests in a private, mobile club as they make their way to bachelor parties, sporting events, or nights out on the town. Equipped with dance poles, the glow of disco lights, and a thumping stereo blasting CDs or iPod tunes of choice, buses plant the seeds for exciting evenings behind tinted windows that shield indoor escapades from nosy traffic cameras. Each bus’s plush, limo-style seating encourages guests to relax while their BYOB drinks chill in the onboard bar, which comes stocked with ice, cups, and napkins to lubricate the party experience.
Every two years, the United States and Europe deploy an army of their 12 best professional golfers to do battle in a team match-play format at a venue that alternates between the two sides of the Atlantic. For the 2012 Ryder Cup event, Team USA captain Davis Love III and Team Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal will lead their teams into an intercontinental duel on the links at Medinah Country Club in Illinois. Perennial stalwarts Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, as well as 2012 Masters Champion Bubba Watson, will headline the United States team as they try to avenge a 2010 loss to the Europeans at Celtic Manor Resort. Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, current world number one, leads a European team attempting to build upon a recent streak that has seen them win four out of the last five Ryder Cup events and successfully complete five out of their last six human pyramids.