Almost a century ago, it was 1914 and William J. Cassidy was gazing out from his livery stable to watch the newfangled automobiles rumble past on Roosevelt Road. He knew then that he’d been right to expand from shoeing horses to also servicing tires. Never having children, Will took his 16-year-old nephew, Hugh, under his wing in the venture. When Will retired, Hugh took over and kept the company afloat even during the bleakest days of the Depression and WWII. Hugh’s six sons all followed in the family footsteps, opening additional locations in the suburbs, and then their children opened even more.
Today, those descendants operate 15 Cassidy Tire & Service locations throughout the city and suburbs. The Cassidy experts keep vehicles running smoothly as they grow old by practicing a full range of other auto services, from rotating tires to changing oil and flushing transmissions.
Premier Car Wash's The Works full-service package ($24.95 at Forest Park, $26.95 at Arlington Heights) gives the most mobile member of the family a thorough scrub-down and sort-out. Both sides of each of the car's windows will be cleaned, while the vehicle's interior will see its dashboard, cup holders, console, and floor mats vacuumed, brushed, washed, and flossed as needed. Exterior-wise, the car's shell will receive a soft cloth wash and a fluffy towel dry, and Premier Car Wash's squad of horseless-carriage whisperers will apply brake-dust remover, paint conditioner, a clear coat sealant, and body gloss. Tires will be shined and rust inhibitor will be added to the car's undercarriage, with an air freshener leaving your car with minty-fresh breath.
When your car smells like the dog has been driving his pup pals around after a day at the beach, Platinum Hand Car Wash ousts the odors with specialty antibacterial cleaning. In fact, the technicians are trained to hide any evidence of a canine presence during detailing services, plucking pet hair from upholstery and polishing away paw prints from the console. They also work hard to get exteriors gleaming, shielding color with clear coat protectant and cleaning tires and rims by hand.
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.
Delta Sonic Car Wash renews tarnished transportation with an innovative touchless car-wash system that automatically guides vehicles through a tunnel of high-pressure sprays and overhead buffing cloths. The hands-free wash massages mild lotions into paint jobs, leaving vehicles with sparkling, fingerprint-free finishes that are backed by a five-day guarantee. Detailing technicians do get their hands dirty as they make use of more than 100 hours of training to dote on vehicle interiors and exteriors with products from ValuGard, Aquapel, and Blue Coral. The team wields AOCA certification know-how when injecting engines with oil and devising rustproofing treatments that avoid drilling holes or covering corrosion in zit cream.