When people think of party venues, bars, banquet halls, and even living rooms come to mind. Mr. Party Bus Limos seeks to change that. The entertainment company rolls out a fleet of party buses equipped with comfy seats, mood lighting, flat-screen TVs, and sound systems that get the celebration started by blasting the latest dance hits or Senate committee hearings. Revelers can celebrate an upcoming wedding or ring in the new year as they ride around town in style.
The pilots at Sun Aero Helicopters Inc. have been training pupils in the autogiro arts and transporting clients through the skies since 1991. Inside their base at Lansing Municipal Airport, aviators maintain a 12,000-square-foot hangar area and 3,000 square feet of training offices and high-speed computerized flight-planning facilities. Expert pilots impart their knowledge to up-and-coming FBI agents, police officers, emergency medical technicians, and leisure pilots during one-on-one training sessions in Robinson and Bell copters. Pilots also give landlubbers a skyscraper's view of Chicago's landmarks, such as US Cellular Field, the John Hancock building, and the Sears/Willis Tower. When they aren't transporting rally drivers, golfers, and famous wiffle ball players with private charter services, Sun Aero serves national media companies with aerial photography and land surveys.
The friendly chauffeurs at AWC Limousines rev their engines when transportation by regular-old taxis or buses simply won't do. They command a convoy of Lincoln Navigators and Town Cars?both sedan and stretch-limousine versions?for high-style jaunts about town, negotiating traffic and solving construction detour riddles while clients relax in comfort. They transport guests for a number of occasions, providing quick lifts to the airport or longer spins for weddings or prom.
The fleet at LUXE Limousine isn't made up of vehicles so much as it is rolling nightclubs. Each limousine, from the Lincoln Town Car to the stretch Hummer SUV, envelops its passengers in a glittering interior enhanced with fiber optics and high-tech niceties such as flat-screen televisions, iPhone connection ports, and surround sound. At the helms of these mobile lounges sit a squad of professional chauffeurs, who whisk their passengers off to destinations ranging from the airport and corporate events to bars modeled to feel like the inside of a regular car.
Before deep-frying each poblano pepper, the chefs at Sal Y Limon first stuff them with gooey Chihuahua cheese. They also stuff a chicken breast with ham and cheese in the pechugas rellenas dish and douse homemade enchiladas with salsa. On select nights, notes from a live musical performance swirl in the air as patrons toss back steak tacos and shrimp dressed in a homemade cocktail sauce.
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.